About Ritz Foodservice
 

The Leader in Kitchen Textiles
Family Owned Since 1892

Who We Are

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John Ritzenthaler Company

 

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Founded in 1892 by John Ritzenthaler

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John Ritzenthaler gave his products the name “RITZ” cloths and sold only the highest quality and only to the better department stores and fine specialty retailers.

1892

Steidle buys Shen Manufacturing

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Howard Steidle buys Shen Manufacturing Co., a very small manufacturer of dish cloths and scrub cloths in Philadelphia.

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1961

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Steidle buys John Ritzenthaler Company

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Howard Steidle purchases John Ritzenthaler Company and remains President and CEO until his death in May 2001.

1968

Transition to importing

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The company completes its transition from manufacturing in Pennsylvania to importing to support its strategic sales across all retail channels of distribution and future acquisitions.

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1991

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Arden Foodservice is Acquired

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John Ritzenthaler Company buys Arden Foodservice division from Arden Company, initiating the company’s entry into the foodservice segment.

2011

THE PRESENT DAY

John Ritzenthaler Company Foodservice Division continues to be the leader in kitchen textile essentials for the front and back of the house.

 
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