In 1949 Manny Gutterman founded Manny Gutterman & Associates, Inc. as a national sales representative organization. This new company was dedicated to selling all types of proprietary products to chain drug, variety, hardware and department stores and also established an ethical and reliable channel for "close-out" merchandise.
A friend in advertising asked Manny to sell a warehouse full of cleaning product in barter from a bankrupt client. Of course he accepted the challenge and Jelmar, LLC. was born. Manny – along with sons Steven and Arthur – reformulated and repackaged the abandoned product and sold it as Tarn-X® Tarnish Remover.
Manny, Arthur and Steven were meeting with business partner Al Eicoff to develop a product that could serve as a complement to Tarn-X. A powerful lime and rust remover was developed. And after some struggles to find a name for the product, CLR® Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover was born.
THE 2000’S & BEYOND
In 2007, Alison Gutterman continues the family legacy and became the president of Jelmar. Jelmar developed and grew CLR into the company’s second nationally-recognized cleaning brand. Jelmar continued to develop new and innovative products, including CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner, CLR Power Plumber, CLR Mold & Mildew & More.
CLR current advertising, featuring a nasty cast of characters, urges you to fight the clean fight.