Founded by James and Gladys Sights in Henderson, Kentucky on January 1, 1961, Industrial Uniform Services, Inc. set out with no business, a shallow line of credit, some very used laundry equipment and one delivery truck to establish a customer base in uniform rental service within a twenty-five mile radius of its plant. With a small but aggressive sales force and a commitment to providing its customers with exceptional service, we grew to 5 routes and expanded our territory to a radius of 75 miles within 5 years.
In December, 1967, Industrial Uniform services, Inc. acquired all the rental uniform, linen supply and dust control services of Jasper Laundry & Cleaners of Jasper, Indiana. This acquisition was particularly important to us in two areas: first, by affording a base for our marketing effort in Southeastern Indiana, and secondly, by providing an entrée into the linen supply business. A branch operation was established that year in Jasper and was operated as Sani-Clean Linen & Uniform Service.
In 1971, because of near capacity at our combined industrial and linen supply plant, a 20,000 square foot building on South Main Street in Henderson, Kentucky was acquired for the purpose of establishing a stand alone linen supply plant. The move was completed later in that year making room for expanded volume in both plants.
By 1974, our market area had expanded to a radius of 100 miles of Henderson, Kentucky and the services we provided had now expanded more into linen supply, dust control and direct sales in addition to the industrial uniform rental volume. In that year we changed our operating name to Sani-Clean Services in an effort to present a name more encompassing of the services provided.
In September, 1974, we acquired all of the uniform rental volume and the operating plant of Rental Uniform, Inc. of Paducah, Kentucky. This acquisition provided increased production capacity, as well as providing opportunity for us to expand our marketing territory further into Southwest Kentucky, West Tennessee, Southeast Missouri, and Southern Illinois.
In 1982, Sani-Clean Services made a second acquisition in Jasper, Indiana by obtaining all of the uniform and linen rental volume of Fabric Masters, Inc. By this time we had established ourselves as a viable force in the textile rental industry throughout our market area.
In 1985, property was acquired adjacent to the Henderson industrial plant to provide parking necessary for plant expansion consolidating the operations of both Henderson plants. By May 1987, the plant merger was completed with gained efficiencies resulting in sizable reductions in cost.
Consistent with our commitment to growth, we established a sales branch in Nashville, Tennessee in 1989. This market area has proven to provide good growth opportunities.
On August 1, 1995, Industrial Uniform Service, Inc. D/B/A Sani-Clean Services officially changed our corporate and operating name to SITEX Corporation. The name SITEX, short for Sights Textiles, is perfect; providing us not only with a new name but also a new image---one that is clean, attractive, and in touch with the times…a name that will be known throughout our market area as the leader in the textile rental industry.
In August of 1997, SITEX established a sales branch in Louisville, Kentucky. This branch location offers good growth opportunities in the Central Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana market regions. With its proximity to our Jasper, Indiana Branch, this location offers an opportunity for a future processing facility. Also, in August of 1997, we acquired Wilson’s Bo-Tie Embroidery, Inc. This business was merged into our company as the SITEX Custom Apparel Department, and expanded our opportunities in both direct sales and direct embroidered rental uniform programs.
In October of 1997, we made a commitment to become ISO certified. The guidance team was assembled quickly and the eighteen month process toward total plant certification began. In February, 1999, SITEX became the first and only uniform rental plant in the United States to have all our processes ISO 9002 certified. SITEX team members now look at their jobs through refreshed eyes. Their quest for continuous quality improvement and their documented procedures has resulted in increased operational efficiencies and greater value for our customers.
In October, 1998, we acquired all the mat rental service accounts of H&S Mat Service of Bowling Green, Kentucky. That added volume to existing routes in a fast growing market area, while also offering opportunities into uniform accounts that were not current customers.
In March, 2001, SITEX acquired all the mat rental service accounts of Lancelot Mat Service of Nashville, Tennessee. That acquisition also added volume to existing routes and strengthened position in the Nashville market area.
In April, 2004, we moved into a brand new state of the art processing facility at 1300 Commonwealth Drive. This new plant is home to our laundry operations, local route service distribution, sales, custom apparel, and all corporate offices. By investing millions of dollars on the latest technology available in our industry, we are able to provide better quality and service for our valued customers and be more efficient by having:
- Barcode an Radio Frequency Identification Technology
- Automated Tracking and Sorting of Garments, Mats, and other textiles
- Automated Laundry Chemical Injection Systems
- Handheld Route Computer Technology
- Latest Soil Management and Laundry Processing Equipment & Systems
- Latest Technology in Uniform and Linen Processing Equipment
- Latest Technology in Water Utilization Systems
- Latest in Embroidery and Emblem Customization Equipment
In October of 2005, SITEX acquired most all of the linen, uniform, and textile rental business in Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southern Illinois from National Linen and Uniform Services Owensboro, KY, plant. As the largest single acquisition in company history this purchase added six new routes, roughly 20 team members, and greatly strengthened market share.
In November of 2006, SITEX acquired some linen business from UniFirst in the Clarksville and Nashville, TN markets. This acquisition added volume to existing routes and strengthened our market position in the Nashville market area.
In December of 2008, SITEX acquired all of the uniform and textile rental business of Hart’s Rental Uniform Services, LLC in Lexington, KY. This acquisition added new routes in the Lexington market, added a few new team members, and increased our market share in the Lexington, KY and surrounding markets. It also gave us a revenue boost to begin our 2009 year…a year that will no doubt go down as one of the toughest business climates to date.
Today, with our dedicated SITEX Team Members living our company’s credo to exceed our valued customers’ expectation by providing them with both quality and customer service of the highest standards, we feel extremely confident of a bright future.