Over 100 years of providing cleaning and maintenance chemicals
On November 11, 1911, in an era when big and small factories were fueling Cleveland’s booming economy, 21 year old Jay H. Zucker, the second eldest son of a working-class family, came up with a simple yet novel idea. It was an idea that, amazingly, would give birth not only to one of the best industrial cleaning-suppliers in America, but also one of our nation’s most successful family-owned companies.
Since Zucker started his business, State Industrial Products has had just three chief executive officers. What is more, at the 2011 centennial, the company can lay claim to annual revenues surpassing $110 million.
Contributing to this extraordinary effort are 900 employees. They make and sell thousands of products for housekeeping, maintenance, grounds, transportation, and food preparation to 40,000 commercial, industrial, education, healthcare and military customers across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, ranging from local YMCAs to Fortune 500 multinationals.
“Our customer-focused employees have worked hard over the years to establish the company’s reputation in the maintenance, cleaning, repair, and operations markets,” says Hal Uhrman, president and CEO, whose wife, Ronna, is Jay Zucker’s granddaughter. “They seek to enhance customers’ work environments, improve their equipment productivity, save them money, and surpass their expectations.”
From the early days of the 20th century when Jay Zucker opened his business, State Industrial Products has focused on satisfying customers and treating them honestly while cost-effectively helping them to solve their maintenance and housekeeping problems. Hal Uhrman insists that State’s survival and expansion over the last century is because taking care of customers and employees is in everyone’s best interests.
As a result, the sales team goves the extra mile by implementing the systems, training customers on how to use the new equipment, and then explaining to them what they can do to control costs better.
“Today our focus is on what I call 'Customer Intimacy,'" says fourth generation CEO Seth Uhrman. "We bring to each of our customers great products enhanced by outstanding on-site service. It's all about providing sustainable, cost effective programs supported by the training, consulting, and service that makes a real difference in the way our customers operate their facilities."
Investment in chemistries, dispensing, training, and new businesses will continue to be our hallmark and take us into our next century. Wise investment brought us success in the first one hundred years, and wise investment will bring even greater success in our second hundred years.
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