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Balco USA

Balco, Inc.

Proudly located in Wichita, Kansas, USA

Balco is a leading manufacturer of high-performance construction products in the categories of expansion joints, fire barriers, stair nosings, mats & grids, trench & access covers, partition closures and photoluminescent egress systems. These products are specified by architects, engineers and contractors for commercial buildings.

Established in 1957, steady growth over the years has been maintained through a commitment to providing high quality products and customer services that include customization, turnkey design and education/certification programs. Balco is an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer with its own in-house UL test and research laboratory. Balco is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). Balco is a portfolio company of CSW Industrials Inc.

1957

Claude Balzer founded the company in downtown Wichita with the purpose of supplying architectural products to the commercial building industry. The primary product manufactured at that time was expansion joint covers. Later, entrance mats, trench covers, and stair nosing products were added to the Balco line. Balco, Inc. was officially incorporated in 1959.

1978

A new manufacturing plant was built in South Wichita, which has been home to the company’s headquarters and leading manufacturing ever since.

1983

Balco plastic wall protection product line was added, and a new, dedicated plastics extrusion plant was built.

1985

Mr. Balzer retired and sold the company to the Sterling Group, which sold to Capital Southwest in 1989. Balco became a private equity portfolio company of Capital Southwest.

1992

Balco acquired Metalines, an Oklahoma City corporation. Metalines manufactured expansion joint covers with a niche in the California market providing large seismic joint assemblies and robust fire barriers that accommodated California’s precise building codes.

2004

Balco acquired the exterior and parking Expansion Joint Cover line of Mercedes International, LLC of Atlanta, GA, growing Balco’s reach within the waterproof expansion joint cover industry for open-air venues.

2005

Balco expanded the Wichita campus by purchasing adjacent property and buildings. Within the additional space, we innovated and launched the production of a product line called IllumiTread,™ photoluminescent safety egress markings and way-finding signage.

2007

Balco sold the assets of our wall protection product line to Tepromarc International of Evanston, IL. We retained our plastics plant to support the numerous plastic items included in our product lines.

2013

Balco acquired the Michael Rizza™ Company, which produced a premium line of extruded silicone expansion joint cover systems. In that same year, Ronnie Leonard, CEO of Balco, is named among the Women of the Year by the Wichita Chamber of Commerce.

2014

Balco receives numerous awards for outstanding business contributions to the Kansas, Oklahoma and national economies. Our impressive growth, innovative spirit, and top notch technical services, even through the Great Recession, were demonstrated and recognized in both domestic and international markets.

2015

Capital Southwest Corporation forms Capital Southwest Industrials, a separate publicly traded company (NASDAQ:CSWI), of which six companies become affiliates, including Balco.

2017

Balco consolidated campuses, bringing all personnel and production to Wichita, Kansas, and closing the Oklahoma campus, creating one, efficient location for all services.