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Gurtler Industries Celebrates 40th Year

International company began as family-owned Midwest business

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. — At a time when experience matters most, the three active generations of the Gurtler family are pleased to celebrate their 40th year in business.

From its beginning as a small family-owned business serving the Midwest, Gurtler Industries says it has grown into an international leader within the commercial laundry industry, now serving customers throughout North America, the Caribbean, Central America and Australia.

Founded by William Gurtler in 1982, who remains active as chairman, the company tradition of excellence continues through son Greg Gurtler, president and CEO, and his son Jake Gurtler, vice president.

This past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic reverberated throughout the laundry industry, the Gurtler family and their team of research chemists and application technologists created breakthrough products and programs to benefit commercial laundry operations worldwide.

“We are proud of the quality-driven, customer-service focus that we established in 1982 and how that that corporate commitment has built a leader in the laundry chemical industry,” says Bill Gurtler.

This long-standing commitment to industry leadership was first articulated by Bill Gurtler as The Gurtler Advantage, a credo that continues to guide the company culture today. There are three pillars:

  • Service: always delivering on commitments and having the customer’s best interests in mind.
  • Innovation: continually embracing innovative ideas that enhance the laundry industry and exceed customer expectations.
  • People: investing in the industry’s best laundry chemical representatives to provide unparalleled customer service.

“The Gurtler Advantage is evident in every level of our organization,” says Greg Gurtler. “As a family-operated business, we believe in treating all people—our employees, customers and suppliers alike—with the utmost respect and appreciation.

“We intend to continue setting the industry standard of excellence for our next 40 years and beyond.”   

Bill Gurtler adds, “It is gratifying to see how that appreciation and respect has been the formula for our success.”

Over the decades, Gurtler’s headquarters and research center has grown to more than 100,000 square feet of space. The company now has more than 120 employees, including both domestic and overseas staff.

“We are deeply grateful to all our partners who have contributed to our success,” says Greg Gurtler. “As we continue to expand with new products, into new markets, we will always strive to offer industry-leading solutions that deliver the best possible results at the lowest possible cost.”