WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- After 15 years in business, Wichita-based A Box 4 U has announced it is changing its name to RedGuard, a move the company feels will more accurately reflect both its current product offerings as well as its emergence as a worldwide leader in the production of blast-resistant buildings.
"We're simply not the same company we were even a decade ago," said Jeff Lange, managing partner. "By becoming RedGuard, we're signaling our evolution into a global corporation—one that comes to work each and every day with a relentless dedication to saving lives."
Founded in 1998 as a small operation manufacturing and leasing portable storage units across Kansas, the company began production of blast-resistant buildings following the Texas City, Texas refinery explosion of 2005, which ultimately killed 15 workers and injured over 170 others.
"In the aftermath of that horrific explosion, virtually the only things left standing were a few portable storage containers," said Lange. "Almost immediately we began teaming up with some of the leading experts in the field to see how we could begin modifying our structures to help prevent the loss of future lives."
Today, the company distributes its blast-resistant buildings internationally and is the only manufacturer to successfully blast test its structures and openly share its results.
"Our products are second to none and we're obviously extremely proud of them, but above all, we want to be a guiding light for the entire industry," said Darren Hillman, general manager. "We honestly want nothing more than for all of the blast-resistant buildings on the market to be as safe as ours."
Along with the company's name change, it is also renaming some of its divisions. While its line of completely customizable blast-resistant buildings will continue to be known as SafetySuite, its ready-to-lease fleet of buildings—the world's largest—will now simply be known as LeaseFleet. The company has also announced that it is renaming its line of ballistic mitigation buildings developed for use in military and private security settings to CoverSix Shelters, a nod to the term "I've got your six (back)."
RedGuard won't be abandoning its roots in portable storage either. That segment of the company will now be known as SiteBox Storage and will continue to provide extra work space for all of its corporate partners. Currently the company has a national fleet consisting of 75 construction offices, 850 storage containers and more than 250 trailers.
The company also just completed the purchase of a 100,000-square-foot building in Halstead, KS with plans to more than double its production and employ 25 to 30 people. RedGuard currently has about 150 people on staff.
It all sets up to be a big year and bright future for the company, and one it is looking forward to tackling.
"We've been blessed with our fair share of good years, but I believe 2014 could be truly noteworthy," said Lange. "We're just going to lift our sails and see just how far our momentum can take us."