Employees at the Americo plant in 1976 in Norcross, Ga. The company later changed its name from American to Americo, and in 1981 moved its corporate offices and main manufacturing facility to its present location in Acworth, Ga.

Windsor’s Versamatic Vacuum cleans hotel carpeting in 1986.

In 1989, a group of ‘piggers’ from New Pig shows off what very well may have been the world’s largest absorbent sock.

At the United States Pumice Co.’s mine, workers load boulders into a truck, headed to the yard for sorting and sizing, circa 1950.

General Floorcraft’s team of rug shampooing and suds vacuuming at the Town and Country Hotel in New York, in 1963.

Pacific Floorcare’s booth at the NSSA New York trade show in 1958.

Chudy Paper was founded in 1913 when Max Chudy began selling paper products and packaging twine to bustling meat markets.

PortionPac representatives take a cruise as part of the company’s 15th anniversary in 1979. Company Founder Marvin Klein is the last person on the left.

Stearns Packaging Corp.’s chemical portion-control machine, circa 1967.

Maintex’s former El Monte, Calif., warehouse fill area.

Ken Bodie, Mike Devoto and Jack Robertson of Kelsan pose at their customer appreciation rodeo in the ’90s. The distributor has been known for great service since its start in 1950.

Woodrow Jaffee (left), a relative of Oil-Dri’s founder, and Harold Howland show off products at a trade show in the 1950s.

A. Ward Drill (left), SM managing editor for nearly 20 years and also previous editor of Brooms, Brushes and Mops is presented a plaque for his longstanding service to the industry at ISSA in 1970. His editorial policy was guided by one main principle: “The interest of the reader comes first.”

An employee fills bottles of Ezy Suds, a private-label product Pro-Tex-All Co. still sells today.

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