Timeline of The King Of Clean
Jani-King has been on a cleaning mission for more than four decades. Here’s a look at the company’s history:
In 1968, while still a student at the University of Oklahoma, Jim Cavanaugh began marketing janitorial services during the day then servicing those clients at night. Less than a year later, in 1969, Cavanaugh established Jani-King and began pioneering the concept that has kept the company at the top of its industry. From its humble beginnings to today's status as the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise company, the Jani-King empire was built on hard work and the realization that a world of opportunity existed for a commercial cleaning franchising company.
During the early 1970s, Jani-King became a franchise company unlike any other. In 1974, Cavanaugh began applying his winning franchise concept— a concept in which Jani-King obtains commercial cleaning accounts and offers the Franchisee an initial customer base to service. In 1976, as the company grew, Cavanaugh moved Jani-King's headquarters from Oklahoma to Dallas, Texas.
Jani-King's steady domestic growth blossomed into an international success story in 1986 when Canada became the first international Master Franchise. Less than a year later, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Jani-King as the #1 Commercial Cleaning Franchisor for the first time, an honor bestowed upon Jani-King 19 out of the last 20 years.
The decade of the nineties was a time of exceptional growth for Jani-King, both nationally and internationally. The company sold its 5,000th franchise and expanded into Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. In 1998, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Jani-King the No. 1 Maintenance Franchise and the No. 1 International Franchise in its Top 200 list.
Today, there are more than 12,000 authorized franchisees in the Jani-King system and more than 120 regional offices in 20 countries. As the global leader in franchised commercial cleaning services, Jani-King's success is the result of a tradition of leadership in business development, business operations and customer service. Jani-King continues to provide exceptional service to tens of thousands of customers everyday while enhancing its reputation as the global leader for commercial cleaning franchise opportunities.