Friday, January 21, 2011

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Soss History
During the past century, the Soss name has become the worldwide standard for invisible hinges, which began in 1903. A young Rumanian immigrant tripped and fell over a cargo hatch during an ocean voyage.   By the time the ship sailed into New York harbor, this young immigrant by the name of Joe Soss had built a prototype for the world's first invisible hinge.

He soon obtained a patent for his invention and established Soss manufacturing in New York.  To produce the hinges, Soss also developed the first die casting machine sold in North America.  Business boomed as Soss provided invisible hinges for popular companies such as Singer Sewing Machines, Otis Elevator, Burroughs Adding Machines, and Player Pianos became early customers. In addition the popular car maker Henry Ford used the hinge on the glove boxes of his early cars.

The invisible or sometimes called the concealed hinge also became widely used on jewelry cases, humidors, bookshelves that swing open to reveal hidden rooms, and even cargo holds on ship decks.

Eventually the clientele for Soss included notable establishments from the White House to Disneyland.  Over the years Soss grew into the leading invisible hinge provider for commercial buildings, government agencies, interior designers, engineers, and for personal households.  The Soss Company has stood solidly behind its products, and that includes the millions of hinges sold during the past century," said Neil Marko, great-grandson of the Joe Soss.  

Marko produces and distributes SOSS Invisible Hinges through his company, Universal Industrial Products, Incorporated. 

Soss Today & the Benefits
Soss says you can create superlative environments unencumbered with unsightly hardware.  The benefits of using invisible hinges are to generate clean, contemporary planes, blend smooth, flush surfaces and shape unsurpassed beauty.

According to them, their hinge is so exceptionally constructed, firmly anchored in a deep, full mortise, it can hold a 500-pound door.   With strength there's security and peace of mind because the invisible hinge can't be seen or cannot be tampered with.

Invisible Hinges helps create an environment that is both unique and beautiful.  A vast range of sizes and styles provide architects, cabinet makers, builders and manufacturers with multi-functional versatility and adaptability.

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