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The history of Klüh

A family company with tradition

Essentially, the history of Klüh Multiservices as a company is also the history of Josef Klüh. Josef was the name of the grandfather, the father, and the current sole owner of Klüh Service Management GmbH.

In 1911, Josef Klüh (the grandfather) founded a small cleaning business in Düsseldorf.

Josef Klüh (the father) took over the business in 1938. After he was killed in Vitebsk in Russia in 1943, his widow Elisabeth Klüh-Thron and the grandmother, Maria Klüh, restarted business activities in 1946.

In 1962, Elisabeth Klüh-Thron handed over the business to Josef, who was just 20 years old. From then on, success came quickly. His sales acumen and passion turned Klüh into one of the leading providers in Düsseldorf by 1964, and was soon impressing customers throughout the state.

By 1976, the company already employed around 3,000 staff. SANITAS Klinikdienste GmbH was founded to provide services in the healthcare sector.

In 1991, the company expanded through the targeted acquisition of WSD (Wach- und Sicherheitsdienst GmbH Co. Zentrale KG), laying the foundation for Klüh Security.

In 1992, developments in outsourcing in healthcare led to the foundation of Klüh Catering.

Klüh began its international expansion in 2000, starting with an order for the newly-built airport in Athens.

In 2014, Josef Klüh was voted “Düsseldorfer of the Year” in his home town, in the “Businessmen” category.

In 2016, Klüh exceeds the turnover barrier of 700 million Euros.

Today, Klüh Service Management is a leading international multiservice provider. With companies in eight countries and around 50,000 staff, Klüh is one of the world's leading facility services providers.

Germany’s Best Employers

Klüh Multiservices has been awarded the certificate “Germany's Best Employer” in the ranking of the daily newspaper “DIE WELT”


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The Klüh foundation The Klüh foundation

Dedication to serving health. As the company celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1986, Josef Klüh set up a foundation, the Klüh Foundation for the Promotion of Innovation in Science and Research, to show his gratitude for the company's success.

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Jobs with perspective and development. Our company offers you numerous jobs with perspective and development opportunities. Here you can work in the most diverse sectors. Our customers include top companies which offer you an exciting and contemporary working environment.

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Klüh employees distribute food parcels at the “Düsseldorfer Tafel” Klüh employees distribute food parcels at the “Düsseldorfer Tafel”

Klüh employees voluntarily supported the annual Christmas package campaign of the “Düsseldorfer Tafel e.V.” association as part of the private initiative “Wir für Düsseldorf” by company owner Josef Klüh.

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