From us here at Martin Doors, we just wanted to wish you all a happy Cinco de Mayo!10269566_10101400729254319_6311017824829069415_nThe history of Cinco de Mayo may come as a surprise to many as the festive May 5th holiday does not commemorate Mexican Independence Day as many believe, but instead celebrates a victory by the Mexican army over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Picture 4 Picture 3 Picture 2 Picture 1What a great turn out we had at our booth at the IDA Expo in Las Vegas. We had the unveiling of our new Faux wood window sections and our new Steel Athena! Both will be available this summer and you will be receiving more information and pricing soon. There is a promotion that runs through May 9th. Contact your AE for more details!

It's a grizzly tale with a good ending.

 A grizzly bear recently tried to gain entrance to a home in West Yellowstone, Montana through the garage only to find a Martin Garage Door is a lot tough competitor than meets the eye.

Grizzly Bear

 The bear ripped out the garage door windows and tore back some of the edges of the steel around the Flushline Series II Door with Cathedral windows in its bid to gain access to food inside the garage.  But the bear eventually moved on when the door proved to be too formidable.  The homeowner, Blair Anderson, was able to identify his would-be-prowler as the grizzly that had been seen in the neighborhood.  The bear left blood and fur all over the front of the door.

 Anderson raises homing pigeons and said he had a lot of bird seed stored in the garage.  The bird seed was a draw to the animal. 

 Lynn Griggs of Snake River Overhead Doors of Rexburg, Idaho was called to replace the door section and said he found little evidence of the forced entry attempt from the bear---beyond the vinyl windows.  The fur and blood were washed off by rain and the steel in the door's sections had no dents, despite the bear's pawing, Griggs said.

Pawed Door

 The confrontation did force a small change in the door, however.  Anderson opted to put in a full section without windows, the second time around. 

Besides durability and toughness, there is another unique feature about a Martin Door that makes it easy to maintain---and in rare cases repair.

 Anderson's door was repaired after replacing just one section, when a normal garage door would like have sustained far greater damage, and required a total replacement.

Griggs said Anderson was very impressed with the strength and quality of his garage door, following the bear incident.