Cortney Anderson WascherWe’re celebrating 50 years! In 1960, Gene Anderson founded Anderson Lock Company with a vision for providing security solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. As a boy, he accompanied his father, Andy Anderson, to work at their family-owned Chicago hardware store. Anderson Lock Company started as a locksmith service provider, but Gene quickly realized the importance of maintaining a warehouse filled with commercial grade hardware. He built the business by establishing relationships with customers at nearby O’Hare Airport, and with hospitals and school districts that required heavy-duty, reliable, products and service. Anderson Lock is a trusted source for security door hardware, and a reliable resource for expert technical advice.

Today Anderson Lock has 68 employees at two locations to serve you!


1960 Founded

1964 Moved to 1664 Oakton

1965 Yale Lock open direct

1967 Expanded, moved to 1539 Oakton

1982 Published first all-line catalog

1984 Expanded, moved to 1801 Oakton

1986 October flood disrupted and threatened company

1987 August flood disrupted and threatened company

1992 Published ADA catalog

1993 Published all-line catalog

1996 Expanded, moved to 850 Oakton

1998 Published all-line catalog, launched

2000 Named distributor for Steelcraft doors and frames

2001 Post 9/11, record sales of electronic and security products

2003 Opened Door Division at 2420 Oakton

2006 Expanded Door Division to 920 Remington, Schaumburg

2007 Cortney Anderson Wascher named President