J Racenstein & Co. ("JRC") is a preeminent distributor of window washing supplies, tools and equipment in the United States. JRC has been in the business for over 99 years and is nationally recognized as the comprehensive solution to the window washing cleaning industry.
A brief history…
Joseph Racenstein started the business in 1909. The business started in the lower east side of Manhattan. During that time, Joseph peddled cleaning supplies directly to office buildings. He took orders for the day, went home and filled the orders and delivered the supplies generally the next day. Joseph was always in the distribution side of the business.
Joseph had two sons Irwin and George Racenstein. George and Irwin both joined the family business. In the 1930s, George bought Irwin out and ran the business for the next 40 plus years. George focused his selling efforts along the atlantic seaboard and concentrated in the New York area.
George Racenstein’s son, Marty joined JRC in the 1950s as a salesman for the business. Marty was a consummate salesperson always out on the road visiting clients. Marty loved his window washing customers and spent all his time developing long lasting customer relationships. So much time was spent developing customer that in 1978, Bob Ertel was approached by George to join the company and work with him to improve the operating portion of business at J.Racenstein.
In 1980 Bob Ertel bought out George and he and Marty became partners. Marty Selling and Bob supporting the sales. Bob's prior background was in retail and he felt that the business needed a catalog which was hot and kept the business flourishing through the 80's and 90's. Bob Ertel retired in 2005 selling the business to long-time friend Cameron Riddell, and Steve Blyth.
Since transition, J.Racenstein has been busy. A warehouse and sales office was opened n California in 2005. This with the addition of some great sales people has our phones covered from 8am to 8pm Eastern time.
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J.Racenstein Company, LLC - Serving the professional Window cleaner since 1909
www.jracenstein.com - (800) 221 3748 - © 2009