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About Lawrence Metal

For over a century the company, then known as Lawrence®, has been recognized as the hallmark of the finest quality design, manufacturing and customer service for the world’s hospitality industry. The Lawrence® brand can be traced back to humble beginnings as a small metal-fabricating shop founded in New York City. Surviving two world wars, including a temporary closure in the 1940s when all metals were diverted to the war effort, the brand forged its reputation as the world’s premier manufacturer of decorative crowd control stanchions under the name Lawrence Metal® Products.
our history

We are proud of our 140-year American heritage, having led the customer journey since 1881.

Famous for our velvet post and rope stanchions we’ve continued to build on our legacy of product excellence, innovation, value and design as Tensator®, a global leader and inventor of the Tensabarrier® retractable post – the industry’s most trusted and widely deployed fixture throughout international airport terminals, financial institutions, retail environments and many more sectors around the world.

Tensator® is proud to offer the a full range of innovative queue management solutions including next-generation digital signage: the Tensator® Virtual Assistant and other digital media solutions, virtual and single line electronic call forward and queue management systems, self-service machines, display and signage products, crowd and access control solutions, and in-queue merchandising systems.

With Lawrence Metal® becoming part of the Tensator® Group, the product offering supplements the post and rope range with a full range of contemporary queuing products. Tensabarrier® and QueueWay™ offer modern and classic options whilst having solutions for all applications and budgets.

Having designed unique queuing experiences for the biggest brands, events and venues in the world, we understand the importance of a quality product, which has been key to our success. We also understand the need for every brand to be unique, which is why all our products can be customized to fit a certain look and feel as needed. If you have the requirement for a bespoke solution, please get in touch.

Have a look at our complete range here.