Our History

UNX was founded with the belief that the technologies which currently existed in the market had not yet caught up with the actual technologies that were available at the time.
Always striving to remain at the forefront of the fast-changing world of detergency and cleaning, UNX has built a reputation for professional service, proven cleaning formulations and state-of-the-art dispensing systems, forging connections with every industry we serve. Today, as a full-service chemical company, we are an industry leader in the manufacturing of professional quality cleaning solutions for your laundry, housekeeping, and warewash needs.

Below you will find information about our past, our progress, and how we’re continually improving.

1958

UNX was founded with the belief existing technologies in the chemical industry had not yet caught up with the actual technologies available at the time. On this premise, we pioneered new surfactant technology for the laundry industry and started a tradition offering technologies to the chemical market that not only satisfied the quality needs of the day, but also addressed the future.

1960s

The first company to employ and develop organic chlorine agents such as Trichloroisocyanuric acid into dry organic bleaches.

Introduced light duty, medium duty, and heavy duty dry detergents featuring nonionic surfactants.

Pioneered work resulting in discovering the combinations of surfactants most effective for various operations.

Introduced Bacteriostatic fabric softeners based on safe quaternary ammonium compounds rather than harmful heavy metal derivatives.

Introduced sours which did not contain zinc or other heavy metals detrimental to health.

Dropped all “then current” surfactant technology in favor of surfactants that had greater performance with an added feature of greater biodegradability in waste water systems.

1970s

Introduced a new products to the UNX offering including a line of non-phosphate products.

Introduced a heavy duty line of non-caustic and low alkaline detergents (such as PACK 100 and SURPASS) that were designed to deliver a high quality garment in industrial uniform operations at a reduced pH. Products like this help in reducing the pH of effluent being introduced into the waste treatment systems.

Introduced a line of solvent detergents that was considerably less hazardous to customer, and the environment, than those that were currently on the market. This product line included products such as ALL PRO, PRO, SOLUTION, FLO-SOL and FLO-CLEAN.

Complete line of safe liquid detergents featuring combinations of selected surfactants and non-hazardous solvents.

Introduced UNITRON Liquid Dispensing System which minimized the handling of hazardous chemicals and provided increased chemical control in the wash wheel.

1980s

The decade of the 80's was a prolific time in our research and development program.

Developed a line of new enzyme products for the blue jean industry, which eliminated the need for high alkali in the desizing operation.
Eliminated all unnecessary dyes from detergent lines for wastewater control.

Eliminated formaldehyde from all product formulations.

Eliminated the standard paint, oil and grease remover, AMEX, and replaced it with a more environmentally suitable product, UNITERGE.

Researched substitutes for inorganic phosphates, and new safe organic polymers were introduced.

Developed a line of Solvent detergents that contain an environmentally safe solvent that is an extract from fruits, DY-PHASE and LIQUID T.
We explored the possibilities of environmentally safe d-Limonene to replace hazardous solvents.

Pioneered a line of special products to assist in removing oil and grease from wastewater treatment systems. This involved cooperation with industrial laundries to satisfy their municipal requirements for wastewater.

Developed the well-known DIRECTOR System for dispensing powdered alkalis and detergents in large volume plants. The DIRECTOR electronically feeds eight or more washers. It has been highly instrumental in minimizing the handling of products, in controlling the inventory of chemicals, and in eliminating drum disposal problems.

Developed an efficient drum recycling program to assist our customers in disposing of their used drums by working alongside our distributors, customers and local recycling operations.

1990s

As the environment continues to be part of public discussions, UNX continues to add to our lines of products that stress quality, customer and environmental safety as part of the development process.

Introduced BIO-SOUR: a completely biodegradable product that will not contribute fluorides or phosphates to the waste water stream.

Developed BIO-MAX, and enzyme detergent for linen supply and healthcare plants.

Introduced the UNX Bio-Globe Program. This program reinforces the continuing objective to provide the industries we serve with environmentally sound products and processes.

Enzyme research achieved a technology milestone resulting in the introduction of LINASE and LIQUID LINASE NP , two highly successful enzyme detergents, which not only produce superior whiteness and stain removal, but also save substantially on water and energy.

Introduced one of of the most successful products UNX has ever offered the laundry industry, BREAKTHROUGH, which is a bleach enzyme detergent with remarkable cleaning, destaining, and bleaching properties. It leads the trend in low alkali and low temperature detergency. Significant savings are achieved in not only the cost of water and power but also in production time.

2000s

U.N.X Chemicals, Inc. continues to grow and offers customers chemicals and custom made dispensing equipment and is renamed to be U.N.X., Inc.

Continued enzyme technology advancements introduction of SPEC-TAK, Source and Megazyme.

LaundryESP U.N.X. INCORPORATED participates in this cost-effective and flexible program patterned to increase the environmental presentation of the textile service and supply companies while improving associations with customers.

2010s

U.N.X Incorporated is purchased by the Clark Family in March 2019 and is renamed to be UNX Industries, Inc.

What People Are Saying

Jeannie Perry

Director of Housekeeping, Perdido Beach Resort

Orange Beach, AL

UNX has made a very positive impact on our linen program. Our rewash percentage has been 2.3%, and I’d estimate our ragout to between 2%-3%. We have reduced our linen expenses by 36%, and I credit both our new laundry equipment efficiency and the UNX chemical program for that. I can’t say enough good things about our experience with UNX.

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Irene Batten

Director of Housekeeping, Caribbean Resort

Myrtle Beach, SC

I have saved 25% in my linen cost during 2018. My laundry has never been cleaner and the service from Ryan and UNX has been excellent. I would highly recommend UNX.

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Frederick C. Brown

Director of Housekeeping, Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort

Myrtle Beach, SC

I converted our laundry program to UNX this past year and have been impressed with quality, cost and productivity. Our linen has been white and bright. I have realized significant savings in our laundry program and am particularly pleased I am able to monitor the amount of chemical being released to my washers to launder our product. Cycle times have been positive allowing for greater productivity from staff and machines. I can recommend the UNX program without any reservations.

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Jim Laub

Best Western Hendersonville Inn

Hendersonville, NC

Our hotel has used UNX inc. for our laundry supplies since 2000 and have found their products to be highly effective in keeping linens and towels clean and stain free. We have always found UNX and our representative to be honest, reliable and conscience. We would highly recommend UNX and their products to any property.

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Cory Shaw

Eventworks Rentals

UNX stepped up their game with the Mini Tron. The machine delivers results in the first wash. It has improved our reclaim dramatically. Since install, our reclaim percentage has decreased down to 10% from 50%. The UNX Team has provided a service the Eventworks Rentals will forever be grateful for. Thanks guys!

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Daniel Blumenstock

Director of Hotel Operations, Lowcountry Hotels

Charleston, SC

UNX has been providing exceptional chemical service for Fennel Holdings since 2012.

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Joshua LaRosa

Director of Equipment and Transportation, Georgetown

Washington, DC

Reliability is one thing that I like best about UNX. There have been no issues that UNX couldn’t resolve. The willingness to solve problems and always going the extra mile to keep us happy is what clearly sets them apart from any competitor. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend UNX to other accounts and I will continue to recommend them.

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Ben Brunton

President, Marietta Paint & Janitorial

Marietta, Ohio

Our experience with UNX Industries has be a great one. We had a laundry program before we teamed up with UNX. Since we teamed up with UNX we have more knowledge as a company which has in turn given are sales staff more confidence to actively look for opportunities for new business and we have added a ware wash program that we didn’t have before. Working with Travis we have landed 5 hospital laundry departments and with those we have increased are sales to those facilities on other products. We are actively looking for more opportunities every day because we have an excellent team behind us for support.

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Rusty Fleeman

Laundry Supervisor, Memorial Health System

Abilene, KS

Switching chemical companies is a decision that my team and I did not take lightly. Initially, I met with Travis and his UNX team to discuss options for our hospital Laundry Department. Travis agreed to allow us to trial the UNX chemicals and equipment. This allowed for a side-by-side comparison to evaluate the system. I am pleased to say we were so impressed with the results of the UNX chemicals and systems that we agreed to convert our Laundry Department over to the new system. Our transition was a smooth one and we saw no disruption to our service. Travis and his company have been very quick to respond to any questions and concerns.

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Kimberly Thorpe

Cottage Rentals Manager, Sea Island

Sea Island, GA

Our experience with UNX Industries has been fantastic. From the introduction process, to looking at our needs and having their chemist visit our property to better serve us, I can honestly say it has been the most seamless transition I have experienced.