Our History

2018
2018

2018 – Kleen Kraft is Certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

2018 – Kleen Kraft is Certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
Kleen Kraft is certified by the State of California as a small business enterprise – also called Small Business Enterprise Certification or SBE Certified. This is an official classification that required quite a lot of paperwork and over 2 months of official review. At the time, there are no other SBE Certified uniform rental companies in Southern California. Kleen Kraft Services SBE Certification ID# 2010831
2004
2004

2004 – Kleen Kraft Purchases Pride Uniform Rental Corp.

2004 – Kleen Kraft Purchases Pride Uniform Rental Corp.
KLEEN KRAFT purchased Pride Uniform Rental Corp., adding $40,000 of garment volume and filling some key management positions.
1993
1993

1993 – Fred Antman Appointed President and CEO

The board of directors appointed Fred Antman as president and CEO of the company.
1991
1991

1991 – Distribution Facility Opened in Commerce, CA

1991 – Distribution Facility Opened in Commerce, CA
After retrofitting the Towne Avenue plant to comply with local earthquake ordinances, KLEEN KRAFT decided to separate the uniform rental business from the linen. In December a distribution facility was opened in Commerce, about eight miles from the plant and closer to the primary marketing areas. The Commerce facility serves as the corporate office, stockroom, route storage and distribution.
1978
1978

1978 – Kleen Kraft Purchases Supreme Laundry and Linen

KLEEN KRAFT needed larger facilities and purchased Supreme Laundry and Linen combining both businesses under one roof. From 1978 to 1990, the uniform rental sales increased fivefold.
1975
1975

1975 – Fred Antman Joins the Company

1975 – Fred Antman Joins the Company
 In October, after a two-year career in sports writing and journalism, Fred Antman joined the company.
1968
1968

1968 – Uniform Rental Part of Business Begins

1968 – Uniform Rental Part of Business Begins
The company started in the uniform rental business and gradually moved out of the commercial laundry business. The uniform rental division began its marketing thrust in the early 1970s with several key acquisitions.
1956
1956

1956 – Seymour Antman Joins the Business

Albert’s son, Seymour Antman, joined the business and moved it to a larger 5,000 square foot location with its own washroom and flat work ironers. This expansion improved the ability of KLEEN KRAFT to serve its dry cleaner customers.
1952
1952

1952 – The Company Begins

1952 – The Company Begins
KLEEN KRAFT SERVICES was started by Albert Antman as a small retail laundry near the University of Southern California. This location of less than 2,500 square feet did the pressing and ironing of retail garments. It did not have its own washroom and had to send its laundering to another plant.