Willco’s Story

By May 14, 2018 July 5th, 2018 Blog

At Willco’s humble beginnings, the world of space management was just emerging as the rise of the baby boomers and a desire for multi-purpose space created the demand for new technologies.

Our founder, Edward Tague, noticed this in 1957 and saw great potential for the use of these multi-purpose rooms in buildings and homes to separate large spaces with ease.

Starting with a mission to create better quality of life for our customers with the best products and services available, Willco moved forward to partner with suppliers and distributers around the country, expanding our reach and our value to customers as the most cutting-edge tools and innovations advanced.

As our society moves further into the modern digital age, increasing advances in these technologies such as energy, infrastructure, communication, design, and more are being utilized to create a better, more connected planet for those who inhabit it.

Willco identifies with these values to our core, and we see the potential for our products to make a real impact on the world of architecture and construction with every installation.

Space Management

By partnering with our first supplier Coil Wall, we were able to bring customers the first folding partition to disappear right into the wall at a moment’s notice, providing flexible and adaptable spaces anywhere.

These new spaces gave schools more room for classes, office buildings more places for employees, and even created more flexibility in homes and public spaces.

Our small family owned business of just a few hard-working employees helped to install coil walls throughout Connecticut and quickly expanded to cover all of New England while upholding our class leading service and maintenance work.

Down the road, Coil Wall went on to become Modernfold, the top provider of operable walls, accordion doors, and sliding glass walls, who have remained our main product since the beginning.

Willco expanded our reach even further, partnering with visionary companies like Skyfold, Tudelü, and Renlita, who have all continued to provide unprecedented standards in their fields, creating acoustically superior walls, sleek finishes, integrative design, and unmatched durability.

Willco has been fortunate to be at the forefront of solutions like these that help develop large new open spaces, efficient work environments, and flexible space for any situation.

Compactors/Chutes/Recycling

Moving forward, Willco expanded its reach to the waste management industry by partnering with a trash incinerator companyMorse-Bolger; but soon saw the need to move towards greener garbage solutions.

Shortly after, Willco joined Precision Machinery Systems, and incineration technology of the past was outlawed for its harm to the environment. By creating a system that condensed waste in such a way, the problems with disposal and storage faded away as the technology was built upon.

Our partnerships grew with companies like Century Chutes, Midland Chutes, Wilkinson Hi-Rise, and Waste Caddy bringing large scale waste, recycling, and linen chutes to high-rise apartment complexes, hospitals, corporate office buildings, and more.

Now our chutes and compactors can be found all around the country, with countless applications and designs to fit your space.

Solatube Daylighting

One of the newer products Willco has taken on in the last decade is Solatube and their innovative tubular daylighting technology.

Solatube allows you to harness the sunlight on your roof using highly reflexive tubes. It not only brings the natural sunlight right into your space, but also maintains maximum light gain throughout the day.

Naturally lit work environments have been proven to improve efficiency, reduce eye strain, and stimulate overall better moods throughout the day, so replacing those fluorescent lights might be a smart idea!

Safe and Secure

At Willco we also offer products that make your space safer, like smoke containment screens, overhead coiling doors, and security grilles.

One of our trusted products Smoke Guard works with your space to control the spread of smoke during fires and create accessible exit ways for people inside.

With applications for elevator doors, stairwells, open passageways and more, Smoke Guard can protect residents from dangerous and harmful smoke inhalation by deploying automatically in times of emergencies.

Cornell also provides another type of security with their overhead coiling doors and security grilles that work to control traffic in parking garages, close up retail shops, and even lock down school hallways.

Durable iron plates make installation and repair easy, and the many styles allow for sleek designs, great insolation, and unmatched reliability.

IDNNA

As part of our ongoing efforts to supply our customers with the best service around the country, Willco and our team have joined forces with a group of 18 local distributors around the nation to form the largest network of operable wall and folding door distributers.

For more than 10 years Willco and the IDNNA members have worked together to open new doors in the industry to help architects and contractors get the products they need on time and ready to install.

By keeping closely connected with IDNNA members we are able to streamline services for our products everywhere around the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe, and work to create better ways to reach our customers.

Moving Forward

Now, having started in the business over 60 years ago, Willco has evolved to the major changes in the industry to become a main distributer of the best products in the country for Operable Partitions, Folding & Sliding Glass Walls, Compactors, Chutes, & Recycling Equipment, Tubular Daylighting Technology, Smoke Containment Systems, Security Doors, Accordion Doors, and much more.

We continue to provide class leading service on all of our products from beginning of the project to completion, and our sales team will get you a free quote fast, working with you to find the right solution at the right price.

We care about providing people with the best solutions available and are happy to do whatever we can to help you with your next project.

As we try to keep our customers more informed and connected, Willco has been expanding into the social media market.

Check out our new and improved website for our full line of products, weekly blog posts, and a beautiful gallery of photos to scroll through.

For updates and news on what’s going on in the industry you can follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest where we post daily!

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