Two Pratt businesses highlighted for Business Appreciation Month.
Pratt Glass Enterprises LLC and R&R Manufacturing, Inc. have been spotlighted by the Kansas Department of Commerce to receive 2019 Merit Awards, according to information from Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kimberly DeClue.
Ryan Brinker, public information officer for the KDC, said the awards were made in conjunction with the observance of Business Appreciation Month.
“The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Business Appreciation Month program has been in place since 1995 and serves as a statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state,” Brinker said. “Individuals and organizations are invited to nominate businesses that contribute jobs and support communities.”
“That’s great!” R&R Manufacturing President Paul Goertz said Wednesday. “We’re proud to be part of the Pratt business community.”
Pratt Glass President LeRoy Jones, retired from a CPA career with Kennedy&Coe, said, “It came as a surprise to me, but we’re honored by the recognition.”
Both businesses have histories rooted in Pratt County.
Pratt Glass, located at 210 South Jackson, was founded in 1939 by Allen, Lynn and Ellis Webb. Roger Adelhardt took the reins in 1999 and the business was reorganized in October 2009 when the LeRoy and Jeff Jones families joined as partners. Adelhardt left the company in 2015.
Since 2009 Pratt Glass has had an adjunct business, Superior Fire, providing fire safety equipment, including extinguishers for home and business, according to Crystal Kohman, who heads the company’s marketing department.
“Our services encompass all glass needs and we consider no job too big or small,” Kohman said. “We also have 24-hour emergency service.”
Another area Pratt Glass specializes in is keeping obsolete decorative glass in stock for “one-of-a-kind” projects, Jones said.
Pratt Glass and Superior Fire Equipment LLC provide employment for a staff of 10-12 full-and part-time employees with business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
R&R Manufacturing at 30340 Runway Boulevard at the Pratt Airport was established in 1941 as a small manufacturer of tanks, according to Goetz.
Office Manager Brenda Richardson said that in 1974 the firm started manufacturing dry fertilizer handling equipment and in the early 1980s the tank line was discontinued.
The firm currently maintains an average of 15 full-time employees.
“Now, we specialize in fertilizer and seed-coating equipment,” Goertz said. “We’re still growing. We recently added another building.”
Both businesses are members of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce and both have Facebook presences, along with websites with detailed information about their services.