Fire Door, Almetl, Red



“Almetl” sliding corrugated steel fire door manufactured by Merchant & Evans (M&E). One side is painted red, the other is raw galvanized steel. Rolling hardware is attached. Merchant & Evans 1918 catalogue describes the door best; “the cross-laid corrugated steel sheets on the reinforced frame, make the Evans “Almetl” door by far the best and strongest on the market; while the absence of any wood core makes it considerably lighter than the standard three-ply tin-clad fire door.” Notice in the photos the corrugation is horizontal on one side and vertical on the other, providing more rigidity against heat from fire. This door was salvaged from Lexington Furniture Industries Plant 1, or LFI 1, located in Lexington, North Carolina. Lexington Furniture is still in business today, and has consolidated the processes of the 1 million SF Plant 1, with Plant 2. LFI 1, formerly known as Dixie Furniture, has been in operation since 1901. The building will be selectively demolished and repurposed. LFI Plant 1 is featured on Season 8, Episode 2 of the DiY network show, “Salvage Dawgs”. Door only: 56"w x 2.625"d x 56"h Weight: 151 lbs, 66H x 4.5D x 58.25W

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