History

Holzhauer Tile Co., Inc. is a third-generation, family-run company with a proud tradition of high quality, integrity and customer service. These values have been passed down from fathers to sons, generation after generation.

Holzhauer Tile started out as a partnership between two close friends and became a separate company in 1965. The story dates back to 1924, when Martin Holzhauer emigrated from Germany. He was accompanied by his friend Bernard Doettger, whose family sponsored their immigration to the U.S.

Martin and Bernard settled in the Philadelphia area to start their new lives -- and their new careers in the tile industry. In 1944, Martin and Bernhard formed Holzhauer & Doettger Ceramic Tile, a company specializing in residential ceramic tile installation. Eventually, their sons joined the company too.

In 1948, Martin's son, George Martin Holzhauer, came to work for the company. Bernard's son Bernie followed several years later. Together, the families built a successful small business. But the 1960's marked a turning point for the company. Although business was good, what did the future hold? The Doettgers preferred focusing exclusively on the residential business. The Holzhauers viewed the commercial segment of the business as an untapped opportunity to expand.

Martin and Bernhard amicably agreed to dissolve their partnership in 1965. Later that year, George formed Holzhauer Tile Co. and took over management of the business, while Martin began to wind down his day-to-day involvement.

From the beginning, George believed in the principle that a good reputation based on high standards leads to financial success. High-quality, integrity and customer service became the cornerstone of the company. As Holzhauer Tile's good reputation grew, so did its bottom-line.

In the mid-1970s, Martin retired, and George's sons, George Malcolm Holzhauer (George Junior) and Robert Holzhauer, joined the company. The next 20 years were a period of growth and expansion as Holzhauer Tile established a presence in virtually every segment of the tile and stone installation market.

When their father George Senior (as he came to be called by close associates) retired in 1997, George Junior and Robert took over the business. Under their management, Holzhauer Tile continued to flourish, and took on some of the company's most prestigious projects, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Library, the Vanguard Corporate Complex, and First Union Center.

In 2004, the Holzhauer family suffered a great loss with the unexpected passing of Robert. In the following years, as George Junior continued to manage the company, his three sons stepped in to help fill the void. Eric, who had been living in North Carolina, joined the company in 2004. Mark, already residing in Pennsylvania, came on board the following year. And George Martin moved back to Pennsylvania from Florida and began working for the company in 2009.

Holzhauer Tile continues to thrive. And the stage is set for the fourth generation to someday take the reins and continue to build on the traditions and values established by George Holzhauer more than 40 years ago.