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. For over fifty years 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 door was so revolutionary, that it led a customer to suggest to Jay that he should name his new company Won-Door, “because 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 Underwriter’s 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 as Sliding Fire Doors Gain Universal Acceptance
In 1979, Jay was diagnosed with cancer. Ron Smart, Jay's son, took over the reins of the company. Ron used his business acumen and truly made his father’s dreams a reality. Ron assembled a great group of engineers and a strong management team which continued to improve the products. He invested much more in product testing so code officials would be completely confident in both the egress features of the door, as well as the incredible way that it stops fire, smoke and heat.
In 1988, the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code adopted provisions to permit horizontal sliding fire doors in selected applications in a means of egress. In 2000, significant code changes have greatly expanded the use of complying horizontal sliding door systems so that today, these systems are universally accepted as meeting both fire and building code regulations in virtually any application.
Won-Door’s U.S. distribution system also went through sweeping changes. Ron was among the first in the construction industry to invest in a network of company owned and operated branches across the United States. Sales skyrocketed.
Ron's son Scott also joined the Won-Door Team after receiving his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University. He is now the President of Won-Door Corporation and played a large part in the development of the new FireGuard CS (Compressed-Stack) fire doors.
Ron and Scott have a great love, not only for Won-Door products, but for Won-Door's people. Each manager that reports to them has been with the company for 30 years or more. It should also be noted, that of Won-Door's several hundred employees the average tenure is approximately 17 years.
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.
Inspired by our founder’s commitment to saving lives, and the ongoing effort to improve building safety, Won-Door Corporation also strives to fulfill its mission to support the needs of the community. Following are some of the ways Won-Door seeks to make a difference in the lives of others.
Adopt A Soldier. When District Manager, Will Saraceni, was called to serve his country in Iraq, Won-Door employees came together to offer support. During a recent national sales meeting, the sales team produced two uplifting and often hilarious video postcard greetings. Won-Door now sponsors six soldiers in the 11th Military Police Brigade, in addition to Will, who receive holiday cards, care packages, email greetings and words of encouragement.
Hale Centre Theatre. Hale Centre Theatre has been operating in Utah since 1985. In 1997, it moved to its current location in West Valley City, UT. Each season it stages seven productions – including dramas, comedies, and musicals – cast entirely from within the community using local artists. The opportunity to experience world-class theater remains affordable for all because of the support of generous individuals, corporations and foundations throughout the community.
Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s sole purpose is to fund the mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, which was created through the generosity of the Huntsman Family. Teams of research scientists, medical professionals and cancer educators are working to more fully understand the process of cancer, devise new ways to treat it and help patients fight their disease. By funding these efforts, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation helps relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Scarecrow Festival. This yearly festival is an event for the entire family featuring games and competitions, rides, friendly animals, face painting, crafts and entertainment for young and old alike. Proceeds benefit the West Ridge Academy, helping troubled teens and their families by providing clinical services, education and experiences which promote spiritual awareness, personal accountability and change of heart.