Rebuilding the KEI Plating Giant
Before the name Kuntz became known all over Canada as the biggest and one of the best electroplating companies in the industry, it was famous for a few other things.
Back in the 1840s in Waterloo, Ontario, David Kuntz went from making beer in a wooden washtub and selling it from his wheelbarrow to buying his own factory and starting Kuntz Brewery, becoming Canada’s second-best selling beer by World War I.
Kuntz eventually merged with Carling Breweries, which finally became known as Labatts today, but many people still recall Kuntz Brewery as the “the beer that made Waterloo famous.”
In the 1950s, Bobby Kuntz put on a football helmet and played for the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonuats and then the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, becoming one of the best CFL running backs in league history, winning two championships along the way.
Then came Oscar Kuntz, a descendent of David, and also Bobby’s father. He started Kuntz Electroplating in 1948 after receiving his degree in chemistry from Fordham University in Detroit. The company that began in Waterloo, Ontario, nearly 70 years ago is much different than the one now located in Kitchener, about 90 minutes west of Toronto.