The G&K Services, Inc. History

100+ Years of History—and a Bright Future

Building relationships one customer and one solution at a time has been the hallmark of G&K Services for more than a century. We serve more than 170,000 customer locations from all industries across the U.S. and Canada with the same commitment to Service Excellence today as when we started.

From a history rich in innovation and leadership, to solutions built for today’s demanding requirements, G&K delivers on its Customer Promise every day. That’s the best assurance of a successful future for our customers and our business.


1902: Gross & Kronick brothers found G&K Services



1943: Gross Bros. & Kronicks shorten the company name to G&K



1969: Becomes a public company 



1970: Geographic expansion begins into Central and Midwest



1989: Implements proprietary Accutrak® system, ensuring complete and accurate deliveries 



1990: Expands products and services into Canada, becoming a multinational company 



1996: Forms its direct purchase division that would become GKdirect® 



1997: Acquires National Linen Service to better serve customers in the Southeast 



2002: Celebrates 100th year of servicing customers 



2006: Launches GK ProTect® safety solutions 



2007: Handheld technology ensures billing is simple, accurate and predictable 



2010: Teams with J.D. Motorsports to sponsor the #01 Chevrolet Nationwide® Team (now the Chevrolet XFINITY® Team)



​2010: The company reaffirms commitment to Service Excellence with the G&K Customer Promise



2014: Named one of the Best Employers in Canada for the 11th consecutive year 






2014: Launches GKhealthcare to meet the needs of the healthcare industry throughout North America