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Not (Just) Their Grandfather's Basement Doors

Not (Just) Their Grandfather's Basement Doors

NEW HAVEN — The Bilco Co., a family business now in its 89th year, is best known for the Bilco door, developed by founder George W. Lyons Sr. to keep his own basement dry.

Today, Lyons' three grandchildren run the business and sales of the ubiquitous basement door represent only a small fraction of the company's multi-million dollar business.

The Bilco name is familiar to architects and construction engineers in more than 40 countries who have specified Bilco's sophisticated metal basement and sidewalk doors, hatches, smoke vents and egress window wells.

"It has been our philosophy to invest in technology and invest in innovation," said Roger Joyce, who...