Kleen-Rite Corp is known by many, relied on by most, and houses thousands of Car Wash products and equipment. Serving over half a century, Kleen-Rite Corp. proceeds with a strong clientele and tremendous effort to be the one-stop shop for car wash operators. It was founded in 1959, where Harold McKonly turned Kleen-Rite into a car wash supply store with parts and equipment at the lowest prices with the largest inventory and selection. He believed that slow growth is good management. Now today, with Mike McKonly, President and Keith Lutz, Vice President, Kleen-Rite has expanded to three locations, Grand Prairie, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada and the headquarters located in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Recently Kleen-Rite expanded their warehouse to Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
The opening of the new 102,000 sq ft distribution facility in Mt Joy, PA was on October 31st 2016. The new facility will enable Kleen-Rite to continue to service their customers at the highest level while increasing same day service to a growing customer base. This move is a consolidation of their warehouse facilities in Columbia and will be serviced using their existing employees. Kleen-Rite also has distribution facilities in Las Vegas, NV and Grand Prairie, TX.
Tom O’Leary, Las Vegas Distribution Center Manager, began his career with Kleen-Rite during the expansion phase in 2011. Prior to joining Kleen-Rite, He spent 24 years in foodservice operations managing warehouses and transportation aspects within top ten foodservice companies of the world.
During his six years with Kleen-Rite, Tom says the Las Vegas Distribution Center has incurred above average annual growth. They have added to the staff accordingly and presently have seven full-time staff members. The success of this operation can be contributed to depth of each staff member’s ability in multi-tasking and work ethic of ownership/pride. Accuracy and teamwork are significant factors as well. Overall, the foundational aspects of this operation’s success relies on its staff and corporate support resulting in exceeding expectations from customers.
The 11,000 square foot Kleen-Rite Distribution in Las Vegas began in 2006. Jim and Sally Lutz ran the distribution center for five years. In 2011, a corporate decision was made to expand overall operations by purchasing a warehouse in Arlington, Texas. This positioned the company in strategic distribution of our products based on regional aspects.
Kleen-Rite’s third location is Grand Prairie, Texas, one of our most successful distribution centers to date. The southwest portion of the country is a huge market for car wash operators. Thus the decision was easy to put in a location in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Staffed with over eight
full-time workers, our customers experience fast service and reliable on-time delivery of their needed car wash pumps, soaps, waxes and vending products.
Kleen-Rite has positioned itself to be able to reach our customers in the fastest way possible by strategically locating our warehouses to be able to deliver within one or two days to the majority of the United States.
By Chelsea Dimmig
Kleen-Rite Staff Writer
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