In 1959, Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Baptista, causing many Cubans to flee their country. Julio Grosfeld, a 20-year-old Cuban Jew, was one of those affected by this terrible displacement. Luckily he was able to make it to the United States and find a Job as a cabby. He drove his cab in order to make enough money to bring his wife Raquel and son Salo to join him. After a grueling 6 months without his family, Julio was finally able to afford passage for his family to the U.S.
In 1967, Julio was working as a traveling salesman selling bedspreads out of the trunk of his car. One day while on a sales call he was given the opportunity to buy the product directly from a factory. He realized that this opportunity was something that is a once in a lifetime moment. He could go to the manufacturers directly and sell for himself, and with that very thought, J.R. United Industries was born.
In 1974, Julio was able to finally design and develop his first sheet set. Prior to this, all sheets were sold in open stock.
In 1979, J.R. United began importing products.
In 1982, J.R. United became the first company to market Jacquard towel ensembles in the U.S.A. and started a Men’s division by producing jacquard robes.
In 1990, J.R. United began producing sleepwear and loungewear.
In 1993, J.R. United was able to introduce robes to the home departments of Bed, Bath and Beyond, Linens n Things and Federated Department Stores.
In 1997, J.R. United Started a long-term successful relationship with Kmart’s Martha Stewart Everyday brand, began producing all of the Martha Stewart Everyday Towels.
In 1999, J.R. United produced first solid color replenishment imported towel program at Linens n Things.
In 2000, J.R. United created a partnership with Alonzo and Tracy Morning on their Honey ChildBrand.
J.R. United was awarded JC Penney's minority vendor of the year award.
J.R. United created the 5 Star Pima towel program with Kmart and Martha Stewart.
J.R. United shipped the first major woven sheet and comforter program.
In 2001, J.R. United was able to develop its first Hispanic home brand - Pasión.
In 2002, J.R. United signed theIZOD master home license, including all their bed and bath products.
J.R. United was awarded the Joe Boxerlicensefor loungewear and robes
Salo P. Grosfeld and J.R. United mentioned byPresident Bush, Laura Bush and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress for generosity to the children of Afghanistan
In 2004, J.R. United purchased Sure Fit,a $225 million dollar slipcover company.
In 2005, J.R. United signedCasa CristinaBed and Bath home license.
In 2007, J.R. United signedGrupo TelevisaMaster Home License, includingVanidades,T.V. y Novelas,andCasa de Los Famososbrands.
Signed Baby Abuelita’sHome License.
SignedCaribbean JoeBath and Beach License.
In 2008, J.R. United was awarded the solid color towel program atCostco.
SignedHavaneraandCubavera with Perry Ellis Group.
Re-enteredMen’s apparelin active sportswear, basic sleepwear, loungewear, robes, and underwear.
Get Luckyenters our stable of Brands.
In 2009, J.R. United created new Venture withDomenica Brazzifor Hispanic home products.
In 2010, J.R. United goes into the Hospitality business and gets its first contract producing Sheets and Towels for the Hilton Laundries.
Julio Grosfeld Reinerman our founder passes away on March 21, 2010
In 2011, Salo Grosfeld becomes Chairman of the board and CEO of J.R. United.
In 2012, J.R. United acquired a textile manufacturing plant in Guatemala with a vision of bringing the textile manufacturing industry back into the Western Hemisphere, with the hopes of one day coming back to the USA.
In 2013, J.R. United started Havana 1960. This brand encompasses high-end fashion Beach products, Including Towels and Lounge Chair Covers.
In 2014, J.R. United created the Vizcaya brand for high-end Hotel Sheets & Bathroom Towels.
In 2015, J.R. United adds new brands to the fold. Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton, Melia, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, SLS, and many more as we double our business from 2013
In 2016, J.R. United partnered with Hotelier Laundry Services to create Hotelier United a Linen rental and laundry company.
Also Becomes Hilton Approved Vendor.
In 2017, J.R. United acquired The Beach People in conjunction with the founders Victoria Beattie and sister Emma Henderson from Byron Bay Australia
In 2018, J.R. United is continuing to make the best sheets and towels In the World!