"Bud," as he was known by family and friends, began the company in the basement of his family home in 1949, the release stated.
According to the release, Strickler had great success in the hand cleaner business and grew the market from York County, PA, to a multiple-state region and also nationwide: From the United States, he expanded to Canada, Puerto Rico and eventually into 20 foreign countries.
Bud saved the very first dollar he made selling Gent-l-kleen and it is proudly displayed in the corporate offices, the release noted.
The impact Strickler made on the hand cleaner industry and in the lives of all the employees at Gent-l-kleen — past, present and future — is unmistakable and immeasurable; he was an innovator, a self-starter and a true inspiration, the release added.
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