Smoke Guard was incorporated in 1991 and operated as an independent company manufacturing smoke containment systems for the elevator opening until the RectorSeal Corporation purchased it in September 2004. In the autumn of 2009 we enhanced our product offering enabling us to provide flexible fire and smoke curtain systems to protect a wide range of building openings.
Devastating fire occurs in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel. Multiple deaths occur on the upper floors due to smoke inhalation. National awareness is raised regarding the dangers of smoke inhalation. Concern is reinforced over the specific dangers of vertically migrating smoke in multi‐story buildings.
Boise, Idaho local architect, Tom Allen, finds his work impacted by this renewed safety concern.
While working on a series of renovation projects, Tom encountered a unique problem. He was attempting to complete a historic renovation of the Jefferson Building (a historic lodge hall in downtown Boise). One aspect of his plan was to maintain an open design concept surrounding the elevator. Through this work, he uncovered a need for elevator smoke curtains that would allow for elegant atrium designs.
Tom left his architectural partnership to develop a code complying product.
First install of Smoke Guard System for elevator openings.
First employee, Eric Holstine, hired to assist with engineering and construction.
Smoke Guard issued a favorable code ruling under the Uniform Building Code (UBC) in the Western United States and also issued a patent (‘510) on the Smoke Guard design.
Smoke Guard introduces M200 – a lower cost design.
Smoke Guard licensed our technology to Nohara of Tokyo, Japan.
Smoke Guard is acquired by RectorSeal as a subsidiary of RectorSeal, and introduces M400 – medium priced design.
Smoke Guard became a wholly owned subsidiary of RectorSeal
The subsidiary Smoke Guard California (SGCA) is formed.
Smoke Guard initially partners with Stoebich (Germany) to represent large curtains in the United States.
Smoke Guard & Stoebich part ways and Smoke Guard offers our own large curtain designs for both fire and smoke M2100 and M2500
September 30, 2015 Smoke Guard part of spin-off of CSW Industrials from Capital Southwest Corporation.
Small But Mighty
Given our expanding product offering and markets both nationally and internationally, we often joke about 35 people serving the world from Boise, Idaho. From the garage days when Allen tinkered away on the first elevator smoke containment system with the help of his neighbor Eric (now the VP of Technical Services) to the present professional and manufacturing staff, many employees have literally grown up with the company. We continue to research new product applications for building safety and to develop solutions that aid architects, contractors, and owners meet building code safety requirements.