Death of the founder of Kintz Plastics; company a major employer in Schoharie County – The Daily Gazette


HOWES CAVE – The entrepreneur who founded Kintz Plastics and made it one of Schoharie County’s largest employers has passed away.

Edwin Harry Kintz, 81, had been in poor health for several years. He died at Albany Medical Center on Wednesday, his son Allen said.

Wynn Kintz, as he was widely known, was born in Flushing but raised in Schoharie, after his father, Harry Kintz, moved the family north and founded Harva, a plastics maker, in 1949.

After graduating from college in Kentucky and serving as a supply officer aboard a Navy ship in the Mediterranean, Wynn returned home and settled into what would become his life’s job – the plastics, first with Harva, then, in 1976, getting rid of itself. .

Kintz Plastics’ first plant was a former 500-square-foot gas station, Allen said. The pumps were still running and Wynn used them regularly for his own vehicle.

Wynn moved to Niskayuna to raise his family but commuted daily. Allen remembers his father owning one of the first cell phones, a massive device bolted to the floor of his car. Allen accompanied him on the ride to Schoharie County with some frequency, and remembers listening to his father working on that phone the entire trip.

This was Allen’s first training in a company he would join, leave, and eventually join when Wynn began to falter.

“He would take me to the factory when I was a kid, when my mom had something to do,” Allen said Friday. “I grew up being brought to work and it was my place of play for many years.

“Still on the phone,” Allen said. “It was nonstop, it was 24/7. He worked and still fought for the success of his business.

It was Monday through Friday.

“He worked really hard, but he was home on the weekends,” Allen recalls. “Weekends were family time and we traveled all the time. “

It started with trips to the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown. Later, when there was more money, there were cruises and trips to hot places.

Wynn also had a few hobbies.

“His passion besides the factory was two things: boxing and he was an avid collector of America politics,” Allen said.

Wynn served as a ringside boxing judge in New York State for many years, most notably during Mike Tyson’s first six professional fights. His expertise in US presidential history was widely known, as was his collection of mayhem and related memorabilia, Allen said.

Wynn started his business primarily as a machine shop.

“Most of the original employees, and there are still a few there, were residents of the farms or they were graduating from GE’s machinist program,” Allen said.

He remembers a small team of men working on classic Bridgeport milling machines, balancing their ashtrays on top as they produced Kintz products.

Kintz Plastics then moved on to thermoforming plastic products, which remains its business today. He also racked up debts as Wynn’s health deteriorated, which led Allen to organize the sale to Universal Plastics Group of Holyoke Massachusetts in 2018.

The 500-square-foot, four-man operation by 1976 had grown to 86 people working over 80,000 square feet at the time of sale.

Like Kintz Plastics, Universal is a family business. Allen now works for her in sales.

The place where Wynn started out, Harva, remains in business in Schoharie, with Wynn’s sister and niece running the business.

Wynn is survived by his sons Allen and Aaron; his daughter Robin; his sisters Susan McGiver, Judy Delein and Virginia Lee Kintz; and his grandson, Julian Kintz.

A funeral service at the grave is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at the Lutheran cemetery in Schoharie.

Langan Funeral Home in Schoharie and Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home in Cobleskill are helping with arrangements.

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