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We Started at the Elevator

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.

  • 1980

    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.

  • 1984

    Boise, Idaho local architect, Tom Allen, finds his work impacted by this renewed safety concern.

  • 1985-1990

    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.

  • 1991

    Tom left his architectural partnership to develop a code complying product.

  • 1993

    First install of Smoke Guard System for elevator openings.

  • 1993

    First employee, Eric Holstine, hired to assist with engineering and construction.

  • 1994

    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.

  • 2002

    Smoke Guard introduces M200 – a lower cost design.

  • 2003

    Smoke Guard licensed our technology to Nohara of Tokyo, Japan.

  • 2004

    Smoke Guard is acquired by RectorSeal as a subsidiary of RectorSeal, and introduces M400 – medium priced design.

  • 2006

    Smoke Guard became a wholly owned subsidiary of RectorSeal

  • 2009

    Smoke Guard introduces M1500 – smoke rated curtain

  • 2010

    The subsidiary Smoke Guard California (SGCA) is formed.

  • 2010

    Smoke Guard initially partners with Stoebich (Germany) to represent large curtains in the United States.

  • 2013

    Smoke Guard & Stoebich part ways and Smoke Guard offers our own large curtain designs for both fire and smoke M2100 and M2500

  • 2015

    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.

Dave Bauer
Ben Caufield
John Collins
Steve Edwards
Curtis Gonzales
Lon Graybill
Herb Kaup
Luke Holley
Eric Holstine
Dawn Hysell
Richard Kross
Shannon Mills
Tom Minshew
Arlene Nelson
Cyndi Nicolson
Beth Pitkin
John Sears
Mike Sieler
Miles Spencer
Ben Tolman
Brandon Turner
April Uriarte
Paul Walters
Mike Wheeler