The foundation of The Cailloux Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to perpetuate the vision of Floyd A. and Kathleen C. Cailloux.
In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Floyd Cailloux was Senior Vice President of American Iron & Machine Works in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company was owned by his father John F. Cailloux, Sr. After his father sold the company Floyd became President and owner of C&W Machine Works of Great Bend and Liberal, Kansas.
During World War II, Floyd served in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant under General Oveta Culp Hobby. Near the end of the war he was stationed on a hospital ship in the Sea of Japan. The mission of the ship was to pick up downed pilots and to prepare for the invasion of Japan.
In the 1950’s, Floyd founded SEMCO also known as Systems Engineering & Manufacturing Company. SEMCO was a pneumatic conveying equipment manufacturer that became a leader in this industry.
In 1968, Floyd bought a controlling interest in Keystone Valve Corporation from founder C.K. Stillwagon. As Chairman of the Board from 1968 to 1978 he was instrumental in building the company, as Keystone International (KII), into a world leader in the manufacturing and marketing of industrial butterfly valves for general industry. Floyd served as Senior Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1978 to 1997. For 29 years, Floyd and his wife Kathleen were major stockholders in Keystone International, which employed 5,000 people in manufacturing plants and sales offices around the world. The company manufactured valves and actuators under various brand names such as Keystone, Anderson Greenwood, Yarway, Valvtron, Prince, Vanessa and Morin. Keystone also owned SEMCO until 1985 and Koenig, which made truck bodies and toolboxes, until 1983. Shortly after Floyd’s death in 1997 Keystone International was sold to Tyco, Inc. The Keystone brand is now owned by Emerson Electric (EMR).
Kathleen’s grandfather, J.W. Cox was a publisher for an Oklahoma City newspaper. Her father, Paul L. Cox worked for his father. During the depression Paul moved his family to Houston where he worked for the Houston Press Newspaper as advertising manager until his death in 1945. Kathleen was a Forsythe on her mother’s side. The actor Henderson Forsythe, who starred on stage and on screen in the role of Dr. David Stewart in the television soap opera “As the World Turns” for 32 years, was Kathleen’s first cousin. Bill Reed was also her first cousin. He was Vice President of Shell Oil Company in the 1950’s through the 1980’s.
Floyd and Kathleen were married for 55 years and had three children; Paula, Patrick and Kenneth. Patrick passed away in 1948. Paula and Kenneth along with their family members as well as several friends now serve on the Foundation’s board.
The Cailloux Foundation was established in 1994 by Floyd and Kathleen to perpetuate their philanthropic vision. Kathleen gave to many charities in her lifetime. In Kerrville, she gave funds to build a new humane society facility, to build a new business school and activity center at Schreiner University, and to remodel the Kerrville Municipal Auditorium, which now bears her name. She also helped in funding the new Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth and genetic cancer research at M.D. Anderson in Houston. In 2007, Kathleen died at the age of 92 in Kerrville.