The History of UNX

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.


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.


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.


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.

Introduced a 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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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


June 2020 - UNX launches the HyClean program to help combat COVID-19 outbreak

July 2020 - UNX Celebrates 50 Years with Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA)

July 2020 - UNX selected as a vendor for National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA)

January 2021 - UNX introduces "SimplePour" bottles to the housekeeping line of products allowing for an equipment free dispensing option.

April 2021 - 'Abolish' is added to the product offering as a commercial grade micro odor eliminator

August 2021 - 'Oust' is added to the product offering as a premium solvent pre-spotter.

November 2021 - UNX presented the "Company Community Service Award" by TRSA.

December 2021 - UNX wins "TripleS Oustanding New Supplier Award"
- UNX named 2021 Vendor of the Year by ZIPS Dry Cleaners

March 2022 - TRSA awards UNX the "Above & Beyond Service Award" - This award "Honors exceptional attention to customer needs, setting a high standard for others to follow, as recognized by TRSA members"


July 1, 2022 - UNX Industries and Christeyns USA merge to form UNX-Christeyns.

What People Are Saying

Jeannie Perry

Director of Housekeeping, Perdido Beach Resort

Orange Beach, AL

UNX-Christeyns 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 chemical program for that. I can’t say enough good things about our experience with UNX-Christeyns.

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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 the rest of the team has been excellent. I would highly recommend UNX-Christeyns.

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Frederick C. Brown

Director of Housekeeping, Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort

Myrtle Beach, SC

I converted our laundry program to UNX-Christeyns 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-Christeyns program without any reservations.

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Jim Laub

Best Western Hendersonville Inn

Hendersonville, NC

Our hotel has used UNX-Christeyns 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 the company and our representative to be honest, reliable and conscience. We would highly recommend UNX-Christeyns and their products to any property.

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Cory Shaw

Eventworks Rentals

UNX-Christeyns stepped up their game with the MiniTron. The machine delivered results in the first wash and has improved our reclaim dramatically. Since install, our reclaim percentage has decreased from 50% down to 10%. Their team has provided a service that Eventworks Rental will forever be grateful for. Thanks team!

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Daniel Blumenstock

Director of Hotel Operations, Lowcountry Hotels

Charleston, SC

UNX-Christeyns 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-Christeyns. There have been no issues that they 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-Christeyns 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-Christeyns has been a great one. We had a laundry program before we teamed up with them, but since we teamed up with them we are now more knowledgeable as a company, which has in turn given our sales staff more confidence to actively look for opportunities for new business. We have since added a warewash program that we didn’t have before. While working with Travis we have landed 5 hospital laundry departments, and with those we have increased our 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

Marietta, OH

Switching chemical companies is a decision that my team and I did not take lightly. Initially, I met with the UNX-Christeyns team to discuss options for our hospital Laundry Department and they agreed to allow us to trial their chemicals and equipment which allowed for a side-by-side comparison to evaluate the system against our current one. I am pleased to say we were so impressed with the results of the chemicals and systems that we agreed to convert our Laundry Department over. Our transition was a smooth one and we saw no disruption to our service. UNX-Christeyns has 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-Christeyns 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.