Israel Shinder

Emanuel Lightstone


Jack Shinder


Judah Silverman
Vice President

For more than 60 years, AMBICO has been a trusted leader with a reputation for 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. 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.

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 to 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.

AMBICO is the Trusted Option for Discerning Clients.

AMBICO is a 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.

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