Kale Kilit was founded by Sadık Ozgur in 1953 and since then, the company has become a powerful player in the Turkish economy due to its manufacturing, employment and export figures. Mr. Ozgur began his career in a workshop in Tahtakale where he produced metal bed frames and gas stoves. It was during a particularly difficult period in the Turkish economy that he was able to create the first locally manufactured locks. The high standards of workmanship of the locks ensured that they were soon in popular demand. In 1957, the workshop moved to a new facility measuring 1640 m2 on the Eski Londra Asfaltı road in Bahçelievler. Production continued with increased numbers of employees and machinery which culminated in the establishment of Kale Kollektif Sirketi in 1958. At that time, the company had successfully begun to manufacture padlocks and new investments lead to the company’s growth. The company was re-named Kale Madeni Eşya Fabrikası in 1963 followed by the manufacturing of Turkey’s first safe lock in 1965.