Lew Hewitt and Dee Horton Invented the Automatic Sliding Door

on May 25, 2003

The breezes of Corpus Christi inspired Lew Hewitt and Dee Horton to invent an automatic sliding door in the mid-1950s. The two men saw that regular swing doors blew open in the wind, so they developed a sliding door that wouldn’t. Their company, Horton Automatics, was formed in 1960 and still operates in Corpus Christi today.

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  • Saler Saham

    Looking at the Texas book depository circa Nov 1963 it appears to have automatic single slide sliding doors on the front entrance..Does anyone know anything about the entrance system.