February 1, 2019

The History of Maintex

Maintex was founded in 1960 by Ralph Silverman. In the past 6 decades, the company has grown to support two offices, three warehouses, and over 100 employees.

Our Founder

Ralph Silverman grew up in New York and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. After he graduated from Indiana University, he was trained as a chemist. In 1960, he drove across the country from New York to to Southern California with his wife and two young children to pursue an opportunity to start a business on the West Coast. That's the year he founded Maintex. 

Our Beginning

The name Maintex is a combination of the words “maintenance” and “technology.” At it’s inception, Maintex focused on manufacturing floor wax and other cleaning chemicals. We began by serving numerous school districts, contract cleaning firms and municipalities. Over the years we have extended our reach into larger facilities as our product lines and clients have continued to grow.

Our Growth

In 1979, we opened a second location in San Diego. Over the subsequent years, we continued to expand our product line to include paper products and high quality cleaning equipment.

These days, we are an industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality janitorial supplies and equipment in Southern California. We stay true to our roots as a chemical manufacturer, producing over 500 custom-developed formulas at our City of Industry headquarters. We also stock a complete line of thousands of cleaning and facility products, and maintain a fleet of trucks that allow us to offer next-day delivery on most orders.

Our Secret

We work every day to earn your business  by delivering targeted, high quality custodial maintenance solutions backed by expert guidance and support. Our consistent product quality and excellent service has earned us steady customer loyalty that spans decades.

When you work with Maintex, you are dealing with a local company that is large enough to serve all of your needs while being small enough to care about your success.

Our Family

Maintex remains a family-owned and family-run company. It's been many years since those two young children rode in the back seat on a life-changing cross-country road trip. But now, our second generation, Stuart Silverman and Linda Silverman, are at the helm of the largest manufacturer-distributor of cleaning products in the Western United States. They continue to advance Ralph’s vision and expand the company’s product lines, sales, and distribution capabilities throughout Southern California.

Our third generation, Stuart's son Danny Silverman, joined the company in 2017. Together, the family plans to continue the growth and success of Maintex.


Maintex is an industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality janitorial supplies, cleaning chemicals, tools, and equipment in Southern California. We stock thousands of facilities items and offer a full range of cleaning programs, comprehensive training, and customized solutions.

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