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 165,000 customers 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 establish what is today G&K Services



1943: Gross & Kronick shorten their name to G&K



1969: G&K goes public



1970: Geographic expansion begins into Central and Midwest



1989: The company implements proprietary Accutrak® system, ensuring complete and accurate deliveries



1990: G&K expands products and services into Canada, becoming a multinational company




1996: The company forms its direct-purchase division



1997: G&K acquires National Linen Service to better serve customers in the Southeast



2002: G&K Services celebrates its 100th year of servicing customers



2006: The company launches new products, including ProTect® safety solutions



2007: G&K implements handheld technology to ensure simple, accurate, and predictable billing



2010: G&K sponsors Mike Wallace and JD Motorsports #01 Chevrolet Nationwide® Team



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



2011: G&K outperforms its major competitors on key performance measures*


*Results confirmed by an independent research firm