Since 1924, Boston-based Karas & Karas has distributed, installed and fabricated glass across New England. Throughout its 100-year history, the company has worked on notable projects such as Boston’s Winthrop Center, the world’s largest Passive House-certified project, and Boston’s New Balance headquarters, among others.

Before installing glass on modern buildings in the Northeast, Karas & Karas started with two employees in the 1920s who initially salvaged and installed residential window glass. Photo courtesy of Karas & Karas.

Before installing glass on modern buildings in the Northeast, Karas & Karas started with two employees in the 1920s. President Joey Karas told USGlass magazine that his grandfather, Elia, a Russian immigrant, and his grandfather’s cousin originally traveled to West End in Boston looking to salvage parts from burnt buildings. They eventually salvaged and installed residential window glass.

As the years passed, Elia’s three sons, Arthur, Leo and David, ran the business. Since then, four generations of the Karas family have worked for the company, focusing on wholesale distribution, fabrication and unitizing glass and glazing products.

Leo, who died in 2021, was widely regarded as a titan in the glass and glazing community. He spearheaded many glass-related programs that propelled the industry forward. He served as the former Glass Association of North America president and helped start the Building Envelope Contractors Division and conference. He was also recognized by USGlass magazine as one of the most influential people in the glass industry.

“I’m proud that we have four generations of Karas’ involved in the business,” says Joey. He adds that Jay Argus, executive vice president in charge of construction, and his family are intricate to the success of Karas & Karas. Argus has been with the company for 30 years. His two sons, brother, nephew and multiple cousins also work alongside him.

“Argus is probably the number one person in the company,” says Joey. “A big part of our growth comes from his leadership.”

Joey adds that Jan Wyatt, operations manager, also has deep roots in the company’s success. Joey explains that the Argus and Wyatt families have been intricate in the Karas family business.

Karas & Karas has been consistently ranked in USGlass magazine’s list of the nation’s top 50 glaziers. To find out where it landed this year, be sure to pick up the upcoming February issue of USGlass magazine, which features the latest nation’s top 50 glaziers list.

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  1. What a fantastic achievement! Surviving through wars, depressions and so many other challenges for 100 years is certainly something to be celebrated.

    My family has been in the Glass industry for 100 years as well, but not with just one company. Congratulations!🙏🏻

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