Trusted every day

Since 1840 we have protected homes and enabled peace of mind. Our story started in a small lockshop in US when Linus Yale created his first lock innovation. We have evolved from a mechanical innovator to driving the evolution of connected, smart locks and homes. Our brand stands on trust, knowledge and heritage; making durable, quality products. That is why we still exist today and in more than 120 markets.

Linus Yale

Everything Yale is today, we owe to the ingenuity of Linus Yale. He opened his first shop for handmade banklocks around 1840 and soon after, a lock factory in Newport, USA to manufacture the unique pin-tumbler lock developed by him. His mechanical innovation is still the core of our locks in most markets today.

The Pin-Tumbler invention

Yale’s best known lock design is the cylinder pin-tumbler lock. This lock is similar to the ancient Egyptian lock, but with a sliding, rather than rotating mechanism (US patent 18,169). This mechanism prevents the lock from opening without the correct key and is widely popular today..

Yale showroom in the Chrysler Building

In the 1930s, Yale established an exclusive showroom for products in the Chrysler Building, a legendary skyscraper in midtown Manhattan in New York City.

The building was of course equipped with Yale locks and hardware (1930), as well as Woolworth (1912), the Metropolitan Life, the New York Life (1929), and the Lincoln Building (1930), which were among the most prestigious projects of their time.

ASSA ABLOY in brief

Yale is a part of the ASSA ABLOY Group. The ASSA ABLOY Group is the global leader in access solutions. Every day, we help billions of people experience a more open world. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions leads the development within door openings and products for access solutions in homes, businesses and institutions. Our offering includes doors, door and window hardware, mechanical and smart locks, access control and service.


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