The Yale family emigrated to the New World from North Wales. A few generations later, about 1840, Linus Yale Sr., began designing and manufacturing a series of innovative, high security locks at his Yale Lock Shop in Newport, New York. When his son, Linus Jr. joined his father in the business in 1850, he perfected and patented his father's pin tumbler cylinder lock and became the recognized locking expert of his generation. Granted patents in 1861 and 1865, Yale finally succeeded in creating his most important invention – the Yale cylinder lock. Linus Yale Jr. transformed the locking industry forever with his many breakthrough inventions.
Relying on Yale patents, the family's sterling name and sheer ingenuity, Yale Jr. and his colleague Henry Towne established the Yale & Towne Co. in 1868, at the time employing 35 people. In the early 20th century, the company expanded worldwide and employed more than 12,000 people. Throughout the 20th century, purchases, acquisitions and joint ventures have made Yale locks well-known worldwide.
In August 2000 Yale was purchased by the ASSA ABLOY Group, and has since become an important part of the global leader in door opening solutions.
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