Legacy



60 Years of Excellence

The story of AMBICO is one of success bred of hard work. Founded by brothers-in-law Israel Shinder and Emanuel Lightstone, AMBICO has grown from a family-run construction products business to an industry-leading specialized door company with a world-wide reputation as an innovator and leader. Predicting economic trends and their effects on a variety of industries, Israel and Emmanuel demonstrated foresight and flexibility. The fabrication of their “stock” doors led to a well-calculated move to the manufacture of highly specialized door products. Today, the world is our marketplace. Architects and engineers trust AMBICO to design and build the very precise doors needed for state-of-the-art hospitals, universities, banks, prison facilities, hotels, museums, and art galleries. These are doors that match craftsmanship with precision specifications.

This family business has solidified its reputation for excellence under current President Jack Shinder, the son of co-founder Israel Shinder, and Vice-President Judah Silverman, the son-in-law of co-founder Emanuel Lightstone.


The Specialized Door Market

Today, our manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Canada, boasts the latest equipment, ensuring AMBICO’s expert technicians can meet large-volume contracts while also constructing every door with a meticulous eye for detail.

Designed for the specialized door market, the company’s cutting-edge commissions include bullet-resistant and blast-resistant doors, frames and windows; acoustic doors and frame assemblies; lead-lined doors and frames; stainless steel doors, and brass-clad doors and frames. “Our products are so far ahead of the market that many of our potential clients don’t believe the technology even exists,” says President Jack Shinder proudly.

That expertise has brought worldwide success. AMBICO exports directly, and also sells intellectual property globally through licensing agreements with qualified manufacturers who construct our products based on AMBICO’s detailed designs and certifications.




Trusted by Discerning Clients

AMBICO is a globally trusted door manufacturer for governments and companies that must guarantee excellence. Key clients have included such government agencies as The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP); educational institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California, Berkeley; and such internationally successful firms as Pfizer Inc., Apple Inc., and British Petroleum. Visit our Gallery for photos and more information on our many projects.


A Family-Run Business

Even as AMBICO cements its position in the global marketplace, its owners remain conscious of the company’s roots as a family-run business — and the qualities that have propelled AMBICO to its current position as an industry-leading company. At AMBICO, each project is seen as an opportunity to achieve excellence.


Our Clients

Some of our clients include government agencies, healthcare institutions, power plants, airports, and large private-sector companies. But while AMBICO excels at complex, large-scale projects we also relish the opportunity to use our skills on small projects that require just one or two unique openings.


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