Part 1: Coming to America
John Bodzioch, grandfather of today’s owners, founded the business. As a youth in his native Poland, he had been trained as a concrete mason. John actually manufactured his own cement blocks for the first building he built in 1919.
This one 8” x 10” x 12” cement block is all that remains of the original facility.
Today, the state-of-the-art Clean Uniforms and More! Service Center is one of the industry’s most technologically advanced facilities in the United States.
The Evolution of Clean Uniforms and More!
A Young Man Immigrates to America…
In the early summer of 1913, a young non-English-speaking Polish immigrant arrived at Ellis Island New York, United States of America. The young man’s name was John Bodzioch. He had no relatives or friends in America. He had chosen to come alone, to build a life for himself. His family stayed in Poland.
Before coming to America, John had been given the address of a person who had a job for him. No, it was not in New York. It was not that easy. The job to be had was actually located in Newmarket, New Hampshire, more than 300 miles away. John journeyed from New York to New Hampshire to find the person with the job. John was excited about the future in his new country. After finding the person in New Hampshire, he was not prepared for the outcome. John was told there was no job and the door was simply closed in his face. As you can imagine, he was devastated by this rejection, but determined to find himself a job. Finding himself without a prospect of a job in a foreign country and with no one to help him, John was momentarily stranded in New Hampshire with no place to go and no job prospect in sight.