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Our History

Strauss Paper Company is a second generation, family-owned business founded by Henry and Ruth Strauss in 1943.  The Strauss’s dream was to create a company in which personalized service and long term relationships would thrive.  Their dream is the standard by which we live and continue strive for. Our mission at Strauss Paper is to “provide our customers the right products, in the right quantities, at the right prices, delivered at the right time with flawless service from all Strauss associates.”

Since its modest founding in 1943 in the back seat of Henry Strauss’s car, Strauss Paper has become one of the largest independently owned janitorial and sanitary supply distributors in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tri-state area. 

In 1944, a one car garage warehouse in White Plains was home to the operation until it relocated to Elmsford in 1954. As the company grew, the next generation joined:  Stewart  Strauss in 1976, Bob Jonap in 1979, and Joyce Jonap in 1983.  In 1978, under the leadership of Henry, Ruth and Stewart Strauss the company built and moved to its current distribution site at 10 Slater Street, Port Chester, New York.  


In 1992, Strauss made the first of many acquisitions in janitorial distribution (Trouble Shooter Maintenance/a family ownedbusiness) and expanded its facility to 55,000 square feet.  In 2000, the Strauss facility grew to a total of 90,000 square feet.

Henry Strauss led the business as President until he passed away in 1984.  Ruth remained active until her death in 2002. Presently, the business is owned by their children, Stewart Strauss and Joyce Strauss Jonap.  Stewart is the President and CEO, responsible for overall management of the Company.  Joyce and Bob focus on new business development and manage the largest accounts for the company. Stewart, Joyce and Bob are members of the Board of Directors.

  • We are a full service commercial janitorial supply distributor that can be relied on for timely deliveries
  • We are consultants with detailed plans that show 'Total Cost Savings'
  • We ask questions, listen for concerns and make fact-based recommendations
  • We partner with our customers to provide the right solution and solve problems
  • We have industry/product knowledge and experience
  • We provide ongoing professional support and service
  • We provide continuous improvement plans
  • We provide ongoing training and education for your staff
  • We are flexible with payment terms on new business

Our technology and computer systems are cutting edge in the industry and allows us to measure many areas throughout the company, from credit and collection success to order picking accuracy. These measurements have improved the quality of our service.

Our employees are our most important asset.  We focus on training, development, morale and reward and recognition programs for our Employees.  What sets Strauss apart from our competitors is our commitment to service. By partnering with our customers we establish ourselves as an integral part of their business and team.

Strauss Paper is an important member of the Port Chester and Westchester community.  The majority of our workforce lives in the Port Chester/Rye area.  We support our local school districts and bands, fire and police departments, food pantries, senior centers and charities both financially and with products.  We encourage all employees to donate their time to local events and charities.