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A brand of car care products. Founded in 1910, it's the oldest existing brand in the United States. The name Simoniz was also used by vehicle dealerships and shops who used Simoniz products.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Simoniz page on 17 November 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Simoniz USA was formed as a result of a purchase by Syndet Products, Inc. of the Simoniz brand name in 1997 from First Brands Corp. Syndet, at the time, was a 25-year-old manufacturer of hard surface detergents, cleaners and waxes, serving the automotive, institutional and industrial marketplaces. Simoniz was already a part of consumer product and advertising history and lore.

The Simoniz Company came into being in 1910. The company was created by George Simons, who developed a cleaner and a carnauba wax product for car finishes. Along with Elmer Rich of the Great Northern Railway, the two organized the Simons Manufacturing Company. In 1912, Mr. Rich and his brother, R.J. Rich, acquired full ownership. They changed the name of the firm to Simoniz Company and located the first office and backroom factory at 2121 Michigan Avenue in Chicago which was at the time was known as "Automobile Row". Elmer Rich used the prominence of radio to promote his product with the slogan "Motorists Wise, Simoniz".

It was during 1957 that Vista One-Step Cleaner/Wax entered the market. Combining a cleaner and wax in one product, Vista made it possible for car owners to get the unequaled benefits of both Simoniz Kleener and Simoniz Wax in a single step. Virtually overnight, Vista exploded to the top among all care-care products. An Institutional Division was officially organized in 1954. This division offered a complete line of floor waxes, finishes, polishes, cleaners and sponges that were formulated and packaged expressly for business and public large-volume users.

In 1965, Morton International purchased the controlling interest in Simoniz Company, adding Master Wax-Detergent Proof and Smooth-Pre Softened products to the line. In 1976, Simoniz was acquired by Union Carbide. Union Carbide introduced numerous products into the marketplace, including Shines Like the Sun, Super Poly, Body Guard, Double Wax, Simoniz II, Shine Booster and Super Blue.

In 1986, as a part of the divestiture of Union Carbide, a management lead LBO called First Brands Corp. was formed and Simoniz was among the brands purchased. In 1988, First Brands entered into a license agreement with Syndet Products, Inc. to manufacture and distribute on-line Simoniz brand products nationally to the car wash industry, which eventually expanded to include detail shop and janitorial/sanitation (JanSan) cleaning products.

In 1997, Syndet Products purchased the Simoniz brand from First Brands Corp., and renamed the company Simoniz USA, Inc. The Simoniz brand is now one of the most advertised brands in the automotive care appearance industry. In 2000 and 2001, spurred by the successful launch of the Simoniz Detailer's Brushless Carwash, Simoniz produced over one billion consumer impressions and reestablished the brand as an innovative market leader.


1960's commercial featuring The Three Stooges
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Simoniz Advertisement From the December 9, 1956 Chicago Bears vs. Chicago Cardinals game program
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