At Won-Door Corporation we pride ourselves in making the most technologically advanced products in the building construction industry, but we recognize that our strength comes from the dedication of our workers. From our founder to our current employees and partners you will find a high level of motivation and personal integrity. Almost fifty years after its inception, Won-Door Corporation is a still a family-owned business with family values.
The Company Beginnings
In 1962 Jay and Ruth Smart founded the Won-Door Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to that time, Jay had spent most of his life selling building specialty products including window systems and folding partitions. Relying upon his experience selling insulated storm windows Jay began work on a two-track folding partition. The result was the development of the first ever trouble free folding partition. The name of the company came from a business associate of Jays. After seeing the revolutionary design he remarked, "This door is truly WONDERFUL."
The Development of Won-Door FireGuard
In the late 1960's Jay began fire testing an acoustically rated folding partition. He was obsessed with the idea of engineering a horizontal sliding fire door assembly that would permit large openings in fire resistive construction yet operate in such a way as to meet the special evacuation needs of persons with disabilities. In 1977, his horizontal sliding fire door, now known as the Won-Door FireGuard, passed two fire tests at Underwriters Laboratory culminating more than a decade of fire testing and research. In 1979, an installation at the California State Department of Rehabilitation in Sacramento gained widespread support from disabled advocacy groups for the use of the Won-Door FireGuard to create safe staging areas for the disabled in multistoried buildings.
The Company Grows
Much of the day-to-day operation of the company is now the responsibility of Jays son, Ron, whose business acumen has made many of his fathers dreams reality. During the 1980s Won-Doors U.S. distribution system went through sweeping changes. Ron was among the first in the construction industry to implement a network of company owned and operated branches across the United States. Sales skyrocketed.
Sliding Fire Doors Gain Universal Acceptance
In 1988, the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code adopted provisions to permit horizontal sliding fire doors in selected applications in a means of egress, though they were not always accepted as a complete solution for meeting fire and building code egress regulations. Since 2000 significant code changes have greatly expanded the use of complying horizontal sliding door systems. Today, these systems are universally accepted as meeting both fire and building code regulations in virtually any application.
Won-Door products are installed in a multitude of building types in North and South America, as well as Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Architects the world over are discovering that horizontal sliding fire door systems are an innovative solution to the code constraints that might otherwise impede the creation of iconic and unique architecture.
1865 South 3480 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Tel: (801) 973-7500
Fax: (801) 977-9749
Tollfree: (800) 453-8494
Web site: http://www.wondoor.com