Written By: Adam Kurtz | Grand Forks Herald |
PS Industries, 1150 S. 48 St., a company started locally in Grand Forks, is doing business on the national and international stage, with its unique line of doors, hatches and flood barriers, one of which is protecting the United States Constitution at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Started in 1974 by Jim Satrom — as PS Doors — the company has grown steadily over the years from manufacturing and installing garage doors, to now offering a variety of safety-related products the world over.
“All of the products that we have comes to us from customer requests,” said Cory Melland, company president. “Since that time, we’ve developed 37 different product lines that we distribute in the industrial PS Access division, and then we have our PS Safety Access products, and then we have our PS Flood Barriers.”
One of those flood barriers, the Self Closing Flood Barrier, protects the U.S. Constitution. Installed in 2016, the 6-foot, 8-inch high, almost 25-foot-long barrier is custom designed. It sits flush to the ground at a strategic location susceptible to flooding. When the waters rise, so does the barrier, which offers passive flood protection.
“The National Archives job, that was a very unique opportunity for us to be involved in,” Melland said.
“All our products, they protect people and property,” said Mark Haaland, sales and marketing director at PS Industries. “It’s effective access solutions, so whether it’s a flood barrier or a safety product, a fall restraint, a safety gate or if it’s a hatch going into a coal chute, it’s protecting people and the property that’s in there.”