It's a truism that for companies to survive they must grow and diversify. But sometimes companies develop in unexpected ways, creating new structures that thrive even as they defy conventional models. Such a company is Le Maitre, which over its 20-plus-year history has gone through a number of significant changes to arrive at its status as a specialized manufacturer of smoke and pyro effects, with a unique international identity. Le Maitre was started in England in 1977 by Rick Wilson and ...

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