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

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.