Rooted in old fashioned quality while using modern day technologies, the James Austin Company is known throughout the United States for their expansive line of cleaning products. Building on innovation and experience, the family owned company has made Austin’s a household name for many generations.
In the late 19th century, James Austin, at the request of his wife Mollie, began work on a more efficient way to clean carpets. In their Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home, they brewed a carpet cleaning solution on their kitchen stove. Their goal was to create an effective while easy to use carpet cleaner. The innovative new product soon became an instant neighborhood hit and a necessity for many local carpet owners. This original spark of ingenuity started the James Austin Company legacy that has spanned well over a century.
With a firm commitment to family and a fierce dedication to improvement, the legacy continued. In the 1930’s, Harry Austin used his inherited expertise in creating quality products to take the company to a new level. He employed a chemist to establish a sodium hypochlorite “Bleach” manufacturing line. Just as his father did before him, Harry used Austin innovation and dedication to create their signature product, Austin’s Washing Solution, known today as Austin’s A-1 Bleach.
Moving forward, each generation spawned new growth. The third and fourth generations grew the company to provide bleach throughout the entire eastern United States. The overall product demand necessitated having four plants located in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.
Today, Austin’s has also expanded their product line in order to service the retail and consumer, food service, automotive and swimming pool maintenance industries. Each area contains a full range of products tailored to meet specific customer’s needs.
The James Austin Company is also credited with revolutionizing the industry in many different ways. Austin’s was the very first bleach manufacturer to discard the thick bulky glass bottles and replace them with safer more portable and lightweight plastic containers. Austin’s cutting-edge thinking also propelled them to become the nation’s pioneer in introducing the four-day work week, inspiring great loyalty and pride in Austin’s employees, who in turn, strive to consistently create the best products on the market.
In addition to producing their own line, James Austin Company partners with many organizations to produce private label products.
Standing the test of time, Austin’s is now the oldest, family owned bleach manufacturer in the United States. They have achieved this success and longevity by instilling, in all areas of the company, the importance of their philosophy—“Produce quality products for customers and they will keep coming back.”