Founded by Percy Guidry in 1945 as a small blacksmith’s shop, Percy Guidry has played an integral part in the growth of the area known as Cajun Country. From horseshoes and small iron tools for farmers, to metal structures for the Oil & Gas industry and on to today’s magnificent ornamental ironwork seen in the finest homes and offices, the Percy Guidry name is synonymous with the best in the industry.
In 1963, Percy’s son Ray was a young man with great ideas brought on by customers having needs with no products on the market for the customer to buy. One of those products is now known as the Cajun Grill. It was a special item, a grill custom made for his most cherished supporter, a birthday present for his father Percy. Ray was working on a Saturday making the grill in their small shop behind their home. He had the majority of the grill built when an oil company man drove by, stopped and asked what he was making. Once Ray went over all the details of his unique grill, the oil man said to him, ” Ray, I like it, build me 2 grills, one for me and one my boy”. That was the beginning of 55 years of evolution to what we now call the Cajun Grill. The funny part, we always love telling is that when Ray gave his father his present, the first thing Percy said was, ” you mean to tell me you used a brand new $10 sheet of steel to build this grill?”. Percy was born in 1910, grew up and lived through the Great Depression.
Percy believed in good service to his customers and in his community. That commitment lives on today in his grandchildren’s dedication to quality craftsmanship. Still family-owned and operated, with six generations of metal working tradition behind it, the Percy Guidry name is a name you can trust!
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Cajun Country is defined as an eight parish area first populated in the early 1600s by French-speaking refugees of “le grand derangement” (or French Diaspora) of French farmers from the Acadie province of Nova Scotia, Canada, by the then ruling British army. During this terrible time in colonial history, whole families were driven from their homes and hurried onto boats bound for unknown lands. Many families were separated in the expulsion and would later search desperately for each other in their new homeland. Longfellow’s poem, “Evangeline”, documented the tragedy of young Emmaline LeBiche who waited for her betrothed by the banks of the Bayou Teche in what is now St. Martinville, Louisiana.
Drawn to French Louisiana by the common language, the Acadian people, or Cajuns, had finally found a home in the marshes and fertile plains of south-central Louisiana where their descendants have flourished ever since.
The Guidry name is found among those who first arrived in this influx of early settlers. Their descendants have remained a vital part of the community and serve as ambassadors of Cajun culture around the world.