Rhino Metals, Inc. is a U.S. owned manufacturing company that was founded in 1995, originally as a small town metal fabrication job shop. The founder, Don Suggs, was a fighter pilot that also enjoyed working with his hands and decided to use the discipline and commitment to excellence gained in the US Air Force to build a business. Rhino Metals is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of parts for industry-leading companies in a wide variety of industries. The headquarters and U.S. manufacturing plant, located in Caldwell, Idaho (approximately 35 miles outside of Boise), produces quality metal parts used in equipment and buildings all over the world.
In 1999 Mr. Suggs's father asked him to make a gun safe. His father wanted a way to keep his firearms out of the reach of his grandchildren. Mr. Suggs researched existing gun safe designs, developed his own design, and then built a small production run to test the market. Two U.S. patents emerged from that design and from that simple request from his father, Rhino Safe Co. was born. Over the years, the company has introduced a number of industry changing innovations, most notably the Swingout Rack and the beautiful Ironworks product lines.
As a result, Rhino Metals is now the leading US safe manufacturer in terms of innovation, quality, and customer service. Most recently, Rhino has begun manufacturing high quality toolchests and industrial styled furniture. Rhino Metals, Inc. employs a large percentage of veterans and continues to focus on discipline and a relentless commitment to excellence in everything it does.
The company is named after an aircraft Mr. Suggs flew operationally, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom. Loved by those who flew her, the F-4 was affectionately known as the “rhino” due to its long nose and toughness.
This photo shows a young Don Suggs training on the T-38 Talon.