Peoria’s Vonachen Group Celebrates 50 years in Business
Lifelong Peoria resident and entrepreneur, Jay Vonachen, got his start in the business world
long before he opened his first cleaning service.
As a young boy, he used to sweep the floors and empty the waste baskets of his father’s sales
business. He didn’t realize it at the time, but those early days would eventually lead Jay to
pursue a lifelong career helping other companies look and perform their best.
Jay founded Vonachen Group as a family-owned janitorial service company in 1968. Over the
years, it has grown into a full-service facility maintenance leader that provides janitorial services,
health care support services, logistics and special services for a wide range of clients.
Vonachen have built a midwestern regional platform that includes Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin,
Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, and Michigan.
Today, Vonachen Group is still family owned and has more than 2,500 employees in 11 states.
“My grandfather started the distribution business of cleaning supplies. My father, Jay Vonachen,
ran the distribution business for nearly 40 years and also started the contract cleaning business
in 1968,” said President & CEO Matt Vonachen.
“There aren’t many companies today that last
50 years and includes three generations. As native Peorians, we are blessed to have the
opportunity to serve some many terrific companies in Peoria and beyond.”
Vonachen Group employees will celebrate this milestone at the Peoria Riverfront
Museum. Peoria City Councilman Sid Ruckriegel will present accolades to Vonachen Group at
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 6-10pm
Where: Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington Street
About Vonachen Group
Vonachen Group companies contract with other businesses for janitorial and cleaning services;
health care cleaning services that meet disinfection standards; facility maintenance, including
manufacturing, health care and higher education; general labor and machine cleaning; logistics;
special services such as concrete polishing, structural cleaning, HVAC filter maintenance and