Nationwide Industries Introduces First External Mount Latch – Locks & Unlocks from Both Sides

June 14, 2021

New 6-Pin Latch Installs Without Need For Drilling Through Post

Nationwide Industries™, a leader in providing durable, versatile hardware products to the professional fence and railing industry in the United States and Canada, is taking reliability and simplicity a step further with the launch of its Keystone® Traverse 500 Gate Latch, the industry’s first key locking latch for vinyl gates that locks and unlocks from both sides without drilling any holes through the post.

The Keystone Traverse 500 builds on the revolutionary Keystone Traverse series by offering a 6-pin cylinder and the ability to install on vinyl gates. Backed by rigorous testing conducted by Nationwide, the patent-pending latch enhances gate reliability while streamlining the installation process.

“Installers want homeowners and property owners to have confidence in the smartly engineered, durable components for fences and railings that they have chosen for a project,” said Erik Timothy, director of engineering at Nationwide Industries. “The Keystone Traverse 500 takes dependability to the next level based on its design, providing greater peace of mind.”

The Keystone Traverse 500’s reversible latch fits 5-inch fence posts and installs without drilling holes through the post with four easy steps:

  1. Determine left or right application.
  2. Determine latch height.
  3. Attach the latch to the post using five flat head screws.
  4. Attach the striker.

“Railing and fencing contractors are always seeking ways to expedite projects and deliver the right solutions to their clients as quickly as possible,” Timothy added. “With installation that does not require drilling through posts, the Keystone Traverse 500 allows installers to complete projects in far less time than traditional locking latches. It delivers value in the short term and in the long term.”

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About Nationwide Industries:

Founded in 1990, Nationwide Industries is the recognized leader in providing durable, versatile hardware products to fencing and railing contractors in the United States and Canada. With the industry’s largest and most diverse product array, the company offers 2,000 SKUs of latches, hinges, locks and other key components for every kind of fencing – aluminum, steel, vinyl, wood, chain link, and pool and patio enclosures. Nationwide holds 29 patents on products developed for the industry and is committed to constant innovation. From its headquarters in Tampa, Fl., Nationwide Industries operates a robust international distribution network and a dedicated team of customer service professionals committed to proper product selection and ease of installation. For more information, visit