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Dillard Door & Entrance Control and its family of companies is known throughout the southern U.S. for excellence and problem-solving for any entrance-control and security need.


Dillard Door acquired Tr-State Glass Company and Trace Electric. The flourishing company also acquired Gulf Coast Shutter and Northwest Florida Overhead Door.


In October 2002, the Dillard family sold the company to Chris W. Bird. Chris changed the parent company name to Dillard Door & Security, which remains today.


The Entrance Control Systems division began, specializing in alarms, access controls, and closed-circuit TV cameras.


Dillard Door formed its Advanced Automated Entrances division. The company began installing and servicing automatic pedestrian doors and gates. Our reputation for excellence grew, attracting more suppliers to the Dillard family of companies.

1960’s & 1970’s

John W. Dillard Jr. joined the firm and took charge of manufacturing. The company added more suppliers to the product portfolio. Dillard Door and Specialty Co. became the distributor for North American Door Co, and Atlas Door Corp.


The Dillard Door division was born. Dillard began making custom industrial doors and gates and sold other trusted suppliers’ door solutions. We installed Elvis’ iconic Graceland gate in 1957.


John Dillard Sr. returned from World War II to create Southern Glass company. He forged a business partnership with an overhead door company.