Our History

For more than 70 years, Central State continues to be Central Pennsylvania’s foremost provider of the finest quality garage doors and openers available. We are proud of our rich heritage serving over 100,000 residents and performing more than 300,000 installations.

Central State Distributors was Founded!

Central State Distributors was Founded!

Our company was founded in 1941 by James Pagliaro and the original company name, Central State Distributors was chosen because the company had several exclusive territories within Central Pennsylvania to distribute Quaker State Oil.  Shortly thereafter they decided to add garage door and garage door opener repair and installations to their broad customer base.  At

Arrival at the Builder’s Show

Arrival at the Builder’s Show

March of 1941 Earliest Publication.  Central State advertises our company is an exhibitor at the 3rd Annual Builders’ Show at the Harrisburg Farm Show Building.

Builders Show Demo

Builders Show Demo

1940’s Ad

1940’s Ad

1940’s era advertisement featuring garage doors, electric openers as well as Quaker State Oil.  Note the company phone number is 4-5075, which was a “Party Line”.  Party Line phone numbers meant that your neighbors shared the phone number and you had to wait until they were off the phone to do business.  That’s why they

New Service Truck

New Service Truck

1948 New Chevrolet Service Truck.  If you look closely, you will see the Party Line phone number, 4-5075.  The original technician that drove this beauty stopped in our showroom in 2017 and described the paint scheme.  Two toned Bright Yellow top, Black bottom.  He said it was a real head turner.

Central State Expands

Central State Expands

Modern Doors

Modern Doors

Automatic Door Operator

Automatic Door Operator

Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

When Dan Boarman purchased the company in 2003, he found this vintage sign behind a soda machine.  Original advertising sign featuring their Crawford brand of garage doors, and another example of that “Party Line” phone number.

Billboard Addition

Billboard Addition

We moved!

We moved!

Central State Door Service moved our Corporate office in Harrisburg to Middletown! With a better facility, we’re even more prepared to handle any and all your Door Service and Installation needs!