History of Advanced Overhead Door | Branford, CT | Connecticut Shoreline
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29 Flax Mill Road
Branford, CT 06405

The History of Advanced Overhead Door

Charles H. Forselius, founder and owner of Advanced Overhead Door, started in the garage door business as a very young man. Fresh out of the Navy, he began working for Overhead Door Corporation in 1963, and continued on to opening his own business. The doors of his very small rented office space opened on February 16, 1986 in Branford, Connecticut. He purchased two pick-up trucks and utilized a small company in Nashua, New Hampshire called Fimbel Door Company for doors and parts. 

Merely two years later business was booming, and Charles realized he could no longer operate on his own. A small ad ran in the paper and he hired a service technician and installer to assist him in getting the job done. As business picked up, Charles realized that he was out-growing his small office space, so in 1988 he purchased an 18,000 square foot building in Branford, Connecticut to house all of his inventory and trucks. With the new location, additional employees and growing number of customers, Charles' reputation began to grow.

Advanced Overhead Door grew from a small "mom and pop" operation to one of the most reputable garage door companies in all of Connecticut. Our staff includes approximately 10 loyal and highly skilled employees with our office based out of Branford, Connecticut. All of the business moves and decisions that Charles made proved to be very wise and profitable ones.

Unfortunately, after 44 years in the garage door business, Charles lost his five-month battle with cancer, and passed away on March 12, 2007.

Advanced Overhead Door continues to run just as successful as ever, with Charles’ wife, Donna Forselius, assuming the role of President. Donna has been working side-by-side with Charles since he went into business in 1986. As an honest family-oriented business, not only are both of Charles’ children, Gina and Paul, a part of the business, but we also consider all of our employees’ family. The Forselius family plans to carry on Charles’ legacy and his business, and continue to service and install for our loyal customers across the state of Connecticut.