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“Our mission is to produce appealing architectural products that protect people while providing
our customers with expert information, economical solutions, and unlimited inspiration.

 

SAFTI FIRST has over 35 years of experience in testing, innovating and providing technologically advanced fire rated glass and framing systems. Our products are tested, certified, listed and labeled both by UL and Intertek/Warnock-Hersey. SAFTI FIRST is also the fire rated glass and framing division of O’Keeffe’s Inc., a leading USA manufacturer of architectural glass and metal products for 75 years.

SAFTI FIRST was the first company to develop and bring to market a fully listed and labeled fire resistive wall and door assembly using
clear, ASTM E-119 rated advanced glazing and framing assemblies proudly manufactured here in the USA. We continue to be the leading
single—source manufacturer of USA made fire resistive glass and framing assemblies.

SAFTI FIRST products provide additional safety, clarity, performance and cost savings that other products cannot match. In addition,
SAFTI FIRST has in-house engineering and estimating services to provide fast lead times and competitive pricing.

SAFTI believes in FIRSTs since 1978. We are the FIRST to:

1978
First to perform US testing of advanced fire rated glazing products from Europe.
1981
SAFTI (Safety and Fire Technology Incorporated), a division of O'Keeffe's Inc., is founded.
This division specializes in fire rated glazing and framing systems. SAFTI is later known as SAFTI FIRST.
1983
SAFTI FIRST completes successful US testing of new technology fire rated glazing from Europe and introduces it to the US market.
1984
SAFTI FIRST's parent company, O'Keeffe's Inc., introduces GPX Glassprotex, the first fire resistive framing system made in the United States.
This became the basis of design for the first full-lite 60 and 90 minute door assembly, first transparent wall system and first exterior fire rated curtain wall. SAFTI FIRST becomes the first US-based fire rated glazing and framing manufacturer to offer complete fire rated assemblies — further distinguishing itself in the marketplace.
1994
SAFTI FIRST develops SuperLite l as a safe, economical and clear alternative to traditional wired glass.
SAFTI FIRST becomes the first US company to manufacture clear, fire protective, CPSC Cat. ll impact safety and fire rated glazing products here in the USA.
1996
SAFTI FIRST introduces SuperLite l-XL, a clear, CPSC Cat. ll impact safety rated, specialty tempered, fire protective glazing with additional radiant heat protection.
SuperLite l-XL is fire tested without hose stream and requires AHJ approval for 45–60 minute applications.
1998
SAFTI FIRST starts local manufacturing of SuperLite ll-XL, the first fire resistive glazing produced in the US.
2002
SAFTI FIRST develops SuperLite l-W, the first fire and safety rated filmed wired glass manufactured in the US. SuperLite l-W is impact safety rated to CPSC Cat. ll.
SAFTI FIRST offers a complete fire resistive and ballistic rated glazed assembly.
2006
SAFTI FIRST introduces the first complete fire resistive and hurricane rated glazed assembly passing the stringent Miami-Dade test standards. SAFTI FIRST introduces fire resistive, decorative art glass.
This enhanced aesthetic in fire rated glazing opens up the option of using custom art glass in fire rated applications.
2007
SAFTI FIRST introduces a listed transparent Class A roofing system for applications where fire protection is a concern or necessity.
2008
SAFTI FIRST receives NFRC Certification for SuperLite ll-XL IGU/GPX Framing Assemblies.
2010
SAFTI FIRST introduces SuperLite X-45/60/90, a revolutionary wire and tint free fire protective glazing product that meets all the requirements for 60-90 minute temperature rise doors.
2011
SAFTI FIRST marks its 30th anniversary.
2012
SuperLite ll-XL now available with Starphire® Ultra-Clear Glass by PPG. SAFTI FIRST's CW Framing System is the first 2-hour fire resistive system to pass rigorous dynamic curtain wall testing as prescribed by Curtain Wall Design & Consulting (CDC).
2013
SAFTI FIRST develops and markets SuperSecure II-XLS, the first fire resistive security glazing meeting CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) and ASTM F1915 requirements.
2014
SAFTI FIRST introduces GPX Blast, the first fire resistive and blast rated glazed assemblies for opening and walls.

SuperLite II-XL now available in curved glass make-ups.

SAFTI FIRST introduces GPX SNAPCAP, our new patent pending fire resistive framing system offering the ease of installation and the uniformly narrow sightlines of today's most popular storefront systems. Meets ASTM E-119 up to 60 minutes and available in multiple finishes.
2015
SAFTI FIRST develops and successfully tests GPX FireFloor, the first USA-made fire resistive floor system with the largest tested and listed sizes up to 2 hours.
2016
SAFTI FIRST develops and successfully tests SuperLite II-XLB , a USA-made fire resistive glass product with the largest clear view area for 60-120 minute applications with hose stream. SuperLite II-XLB is the ideal product for oversize and butt-glazed wall applications.

SAFTI FIRST introduces SuperLite II-XLM , a fire resistive multilaminate glass product for 45-120 minute applications with hose stream. SuperLite II-XLM is available in clear, butt-glazed wall assemblies up to 2 hours without vertical mullions or spaces for ultimate transparency.
2017
SAFTI FIRST becomes the first and only fire rated glass and framing manufacturer to have approved glazing and framing components in the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) Component Modeling Approach (CMA) program. The SuperLite II-XL 45, 60, 90 and 120 fire resistive glazing in both clear tempered and Starphire Low-Iron make-ups and GPX Framing up to 2 hours can now be downloaded as glazing and framing components in the Component Modeling Approach Software Tool (CMAST) database.

Our Team

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William O’Keeffe

President & CEO
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Rafael Valencia

Territory Manager - West, ext. 734
415.230.6734
415.230.6735 (fax)
Mike White

Michael White

Territory Manager – Central, ext. 728
415.230.6728
415.230.6729 (fax)
Mike Gebruers

Mike Gebruers

Territory Manager – Northeast & Int'l, ext. 762
415.230.6762
415.230.6763 (fax)
Jesse Fuentes

Jesse Fuentes

Territory Manager – Southeast & Caribbean, ext. 730
415.230.6730
415.230.6731 (fax)
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Tim Nass

VP of National Sales, ext. 704
415.230.6704
415.230.6705 (fax)
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Diana San Diego

VP of Marketing, ext. 756
415.230.6756
415.230.6757 (fax)
Ron Drew

Ron Drew

VP of Operations, ext. 640
415.230.6640
415.230.6641 (fax)
Sharon Heagney

Sharon Heagney

VP of Engineering & Project Management, ext. 740
415.230.6740
415.230.6741 (fax)
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Mike Augustine

National Technical Director & Architectural Representative, ext. 708
415.230.6708
415.230.6709 (fax)
Peter Cheung

Peter Cheung

Director of Finance, ext. 750
415.230.6750
415.230.6751 (fax)
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Kasia Grzelak

VP of Information Systems, ext. 722
415.230.6722
415.230.6723 (fax)
Thanh Truong

Thanh Truong

CAD/Engineering, ext. 746
415.230.6746
415.230.6747 (fax)
Bruce-Chow

Bruce Chow

Senior Project Manager, ext. 774
415.230.6774
415.230.6775 (fax)
Denise Esquivel

Denise Esquivel

Project Manager, ext. 742
415.230.6742
415.230.6743 (fax)
Paolo Mercado

Paolo Mercado

Project Manager, ext. 706
415.230.6706
415.230.6707 (fax)
Catherine Masuda

Catherine Masuda

VP of Contracts Administration, ext. 744
415.230.6744
415.230.6745 (fax)
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Jennifer Hom

Marketing & Graphics Manager, ext. 758
415.230.6758
415.230.6759 (fax)
Tina Zhao

Tina Zhao

Project Management Assistant, ext. 714
415.230.6714
415.230.6715 (fax)
Karen Wu

Karen Lim

Office Manager, ext. 712
415.230.6712
415.230.6713 (fax)
Owen Lai

Owen Lai

Payroll Manager, Accounting Assistant, ext. 752
415.230.6752
415.230.6753 (fax)
Leo Zhang

Leo Zhang

Accountant, ext. 754
415.230.6754
415.230.6755 (fax)
Jung Eun Yun

Jung Eun Yun

Accounts Payable Manager, ext. 764
415.230.6764
415.230.6765 (fax)
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