Langlois Pianos, in business since 1865, is the oldest
family-run business in the state of Washington. Now in its fifth generation,
in a time where only 30% of family companies survive to the second generation,
Langlois Pianos is celebrating 142 years in business.
Ira talks about pianos like they are people: "You have
to treat a piano like a whole. Most are abused and don't get real proper
care." He thinks his family's business has lasted so long because its
the joy of bringing a piano to its full potential; that's what Ira feels
he was put on earth for and that's how the past generations felt.
Family Business Magazine listed Langlios Pianos in one
of its editions about the oldest family businesses in the United States.
The article, written by William O'Hara said: "Many on our 'oldest' list
share ... a genuine interest in serving the needs of a larger cause."