Allen’s sons, Scott and Eric Pedersen have been working in the company since 2002 and 2008, and have experienced and worked on nightly cleaning, carpet cleaning, supervision and training, sales, product management and our office systems – payroll, accounts payable and receivable. Allen believed they should be introduced to all aspects of the company, and appreciate the hard work needed. Most importantly, they understand the value of great customer service and of providing a personal touch to the service.
World Cleaning Services has been incorporated since 1966 with a history that stretches back to 1890. Carl Pedersen emigrated from Norway early in the 20th Century and was professionally cleaning windows as far back as 1911. He began the legacy of cleaning excellence that continues to this day with the 4th generation of Pedersens still running the company.
Carl’s son, Arthur Pedersen became a window washer and then created General Window Cleaning Co. in 1943, building it to become one of Chicagoland’s largest window cleaning services. In the 1950’s, he recognized the need and opportunity for janitorial service companies and extended into that business as well.
In 1966, he organized the Janitorial services as a separate corporation. Arthur’s son Allen, after apprenticing in both window cleaning and janitorial services was, in 1972 placed in charge of the janitorial business. The company has seen significant growth through the years, with the help of great staff, and has continued the family tradition of maintaining long term customer relationships through quality work at competitive prices.