Bud & Val Romito
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Tri-Us Inc, a family-owned business, was established in 1984, initially operating out of a garage with a 1979 Buick La Sabre as its delivery vehicle. Founded by David "Bud" Romito, a retiree from Dubois Chemicals, Tri-Us evolved into Tri-Us Incorporated in 1984, based in a small unit within a mobile home park. Over the years, the business expanded with a growing staff, including Dino Romito, Billy Krebs, and part-timer Jimmy Romito. In 1989, after the passing of Bud Romito, his children Marcy and Dino, along with grandson Jimmy, took over the day-to-day operations.
Tri-Us moved to St. Petersburg in 1995 and later to Clearwater in 2001, acquiring a 10,000 square foot building. Val Romito, Bud Romito's wife, joined the team, overseeing operations at the age of 84. In 2009, Tri-Us expanded its business online with a web store, reaching customers nationwide.
In September 2023, Tri-Us Inc. merged with GEM Supply Co., founded in 1930 by Frank M. Curry. Gem Supply grew steadily until 1950, becoming a major force in Central Florida with deliveries to seven counties. Gem Supply evolved from Gem Chemical Co., known for products like Sept-O-Solve and Pine Oil. In 1975, Dutch Owens purchased Gem Chemical Co. and transformed it into Gem Supply. By 1987, Gem Supply moved to its current location in Orlando, boasting a 63,000 sq. ft facility with a Continuing Education Center known in the industry at the Academy of Cleaning Excellence.
Over the years, Gem Supply expanded, opening a wholesale outlet in Kissimmee in 2006 and acquiring Janitorial Industrial Maintenance Supply Company (JIMS) in 2007. In 2008, Gem merged with Zagers Brand in Tampa, followed by the opening of a fourth wholesale outlet in Tampa in 2009. In 2020 & 2021, GEM Supply acquired Sun State Janitorial Supplies & Resource One locations in Lakeland, Ocala and Sarasota, showcasing strategic growth without incurring debt. Gem Supply looks forward to further expansion throughout Florida to better serve its valued customers. The Romito & Owens family expresses gratitude to everyone who has been a part of their journey and promises to uphold the customer loyalty and friendship established by Bud Romito over 35 years ago.