KAUTZ & SONS GLASS CO. INC.
Founded By Richard P. And Claire A. Kautz
Established August 21, 1973
Richard and Claire married in 1955 and he spent the next 12 years working for Claire’s father at Blake & Sons Glass Co. in Port Huron Michigan. Richard was admitted into the Glaziers Union in 1955 and became a Journeyman that same year. Needing to move to an environment more conducive to Richards’s health, Richard and Claire ventured to Hawaii with their three boys Richard Jr., David and Thomas.
During their seven year stay in Hawaii, Richard worked for three of Hawaii’s largest glass companies and invented the first frame bender used in the island state. While in Hawaii Richard worked on such projects as Financial Plaza of The Pacific, Gold Bond building, Pan American building, Hilton Hotel in Kona, Barking Sands on Kauai and many other projects.
Richard brought his family to Guam in 1971 where he and a partner opened Guam Glass & Metal. In 1972 son number four Peter was born. In 1973 Richard and Claire decided to venture out on their own and Kautz & Sons Glass Co. Inc. was founded.
Surviving super typhoon Pamela in 1976 along with the rest of the island particularly brought to the forefront the harsh demands of the islands environment. Richard recognized that Guam indisputably needed windows and doors designed to withstand high winds. Based on this he put to use his engineering skill, developing heavy duty frames and opting to utilize thicker glass and devised a method for anchoring these more securely to concrete openings. Richard also developed an aluminum flush panel door that would inherently be termite and corrosion proof.
Kautz & Sons Glass Co. Inc. is still a family owned business that custom fabricates products to meet the specific needs of the people and the demands of the local environment to this day.
Kautz & Sons Glass Co. Inc. has received numerous awards and certificates of commendation including.
1991 SPECIALTY CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
1994 SMALL BUSINESS PERSONS OF THE YEAR
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS:
1993 GUAM HOUSING CORP
1996 GUAM LEGISLATURE RESOLUTION FOR THE MOBIL GAMES
1997 BARRIGADA YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAM
1999 PRICE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO
GUAM DIABETES ASSOCIATION
GUAM SPECIAL OLYMPICS
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA ( TAMUNING TROOP)
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS MUSEUM
PROJECTS OF MICRONESIA AREA RESEARCH CENTER
ANNUAL S D A MISSION TO MICRONESIA
AND ANNUALLY SPONSORED SPORTING EVENTS INCLUDING
GUAM MARIANA’S INTERNATIONAL FISHING DERBY
GUAM MOTOCROSS AND ATV CLUB (SMOKIN WHEELS)
GUAM OFF ROAD ASSOCIATION
MARIANA’S UNDERWATER FISHING FEDERATION
GUAM BASEBALL TEAMS