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.
Howard Steidle buys Shen Manufacturing Co., a very small manufacturer of dish cloths and scrub cloths in Philadelphia.
Howard Steidle purchases John Ritzenthaler Company and remains President and CEO until his death in May 2001.
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.
John Ritzenthaler Company buys Arden Foodservice division from Arden Company, initiating the companyâ€™s entry into the foodservice segment.