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About Walsh Door & Security

Walsh Door & Security is one of the Nation’s leading providers of premium commercial door, frame, hardware and electronic security products and services. We are family-owned, more than 155 years old and focused on meeting or exceeding the needs of our customers.

We serve the commercial, industrial and institutional construction markets, as well as schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, data centers and other end-users – including small businesses.

Our experienced team has been built from within, developed and trained in our system – with newer, enthusiastic team members working alongside – and learning from the experience of our experts. There is great camaraderie and open communication from the production area to the front office and between our three offices. And we are constantly educating and improving, encouraging Team Members to grow their skills and careers.

From our headquarters in Des Moines and offices in Iowa City and Kansas City, we serve customers across the Nation. And we would enjoy having the opportunity to serve you!

The History of Walsh Door & Security

Founded in 1866 as L.H. Kurtz Co., the business experience specialized in wholesale hardware and plumbing materials. In 1975, Martin J. Walsh III, a native of New Britain, Connecticut, (once considered to be the “Hardware Capital of the World”) and his wife, Katie Kurtz Walsh bought the builders hardware division of L.H. Kurtz Co., and formed Kurtz-Walsh Builders Hardware Company.

In 1989, the company’s hardware adorned the doors of Air Force One used by President George H.W. Bush.

In April 1994, the company merged Kurtz-Walsh Builders Hardware and Iowa-Des Moines Door & Hardware, establishing Walsh Door & Hardware Company. The company was initially located at 220 Third Street in Des Moines, and moved to 3 College Avenue in 1979.

In December 1994, the company headquarters moved to its current Des Moines location at 2600 Delaware Avenue. The merged company’s focus was to fabricate and distribute exterior and interior doors, frames and hardware to general contractors for commercial use.

The Walsh Iowa City Branch Office was opened at 2918 Industrial Park Road in 2001, offering better service to customers in Eastern Iowa and company expansion.

In 2007, Walsh added Walsh Electronic Security, a division specializing in building access control and video camera surveillance. This state-of-the-art technology proved to be an integral part of the Walsh business.

Our extensive experience with Data Centers began in 2011 and in the first 10 years we provided 7,000+ doors to major Data Centers across the Midwest. Walsh has partnered with numerous national general contractors earning repeat business as a trusted, innovative, forward-thinking supplier, while expanding our footprint across the United States. Work in the Data Center Industry is now a major niche for our team.

2016 marked the celebration of 150 years in business for Walsh Door & Hardware, employing over 80 professionals and craftsmen in two locations and 60,000 square feet. Walsh was listed as the sixth oldest business in the Greater Des Moines business community.

In 2017, another significant milestone for Walsh was achieved with the transition to one name – Walsh Door & Security. For ten years, Walsh operated as two separate divisions – Walsh Door & Hardware and Walsh Electronic Security – while working together as one team providing quality solutions for customers.

In December 2018, Metal Doors & Frame Co. located at 1606 Burlington Street in North Kansas City joined forces with Walsh Door & Security. With offices in Des Moines, Iowa City and Kansas City, Walsh can better serve the needs of our existing and new customers.

Walsh expanded in April 2024. Our additional facility at 2300 Delaware Avenue in Des Moines includes:

  • Customer Pick-up
  • Shipping & Receiving
  • Production
  • Installation
  • Lock Shop
  • Warehousing

With the expansion, we can strengthen our preinstallation of door hardware capacities, provide more innovative door fabrication capabilities, and offer additional affordable warehousing to provide just-in-time deliveries to better meet customers’ project needs.

Today with over 155 years in business, we continue to be family-owned and -operated, financially strong, and focused on getting things done right. With an expanded 225,000+ square feet in 3 locations, the Walsh team continues to grow with over 150 team members equipped to meet and exceed customers’ needs.

The ability to offer doors, frames, hardware and electronic security sets Walsh Door & Security apart in the Nation, provides added value for general contractors, architects, and public and private institutions, and makes Walsh the go-to partner for innovative solutions.

Walsh Door & Security is one of the Nation's leading full-service providers of premium commercial door, frame, hardware and electronic security products and services.

With our headquarters in Des Moines and offices in Iowa City and Kansas City, Walsh serves customers across the United States, and is one of only a few companies, nationwide, with deep experience in both doors and electronic security systems.

We offer innovative products and quality service your team needs and deserves. Do you have questions about Walsh? Just ask!

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