Ron Tilley

10th of June 2019
Ron Tilley

Founder and chairman of Prochem Europe Ron Tilley has passed away at the age of 88.

When Tilley joined Servicemaster in 1959 the carpet cleaning industry barely existed. Shampoo crystallisation was the new technology; there was no such thing as a soil extractor and no training was available. As a result of a back injury in 1962 Tilley could no longer continue as a carpet cleaning operative and a new position of trainer was found within the company.

Under the auspices of his newly-formed Professional Chemical & Equipment Company he established courses on carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning in London on behalf of the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), which were enthusiastically received. Prochem (the new abbreviation for the company name) started a technical helpline and carpet manufacturers soon went to Prochem for cleaning advice. And Tilley established connections with US manufacturers to import hot water extraction equipment - a new innovation at the time.

In 1980 Prochem began manufacture of chemical products at its site and the company continued to grow its distribution network and training facility.

Ron Tilley remained active in the business well into his 70s. His son Alan remains within the company.

 

 

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