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About Kleinert's - Company History & More

I. B. Kleinert invented the dress and garment shield category for excessive perspiration as well as the incontinence category and founded Kleinert's, Inc. in 1869. It was then known as I.B. Kleinert's Rubber Company headquartered in New York. Isaak Kleinert was a prolific inventor and outstanding merchant. His inventions include many products still in common use today including the shower cap, the shower curtain, the baby pant, the dress shield, the garment shield, the sanitary pant and many other products.

During the years the company grew into a truly international operation with facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. During World War 2 Kleinert's was a supplier to the US Air Force producing rubber life rafts for our flyers ditching into the ocean.

During the 1970’s to 1990’s Kleinert’s served the department stores and mass retail chains in the United States which had notions departments. These departments were all closed during the late 1990’s to early 2000’s period. It was during this period that Kleinert’s developed its mail order clients and that business flourished. However with the development of the internet even the mail order companies saw difficult times. Kleinert’s however continued serving our retail stores across the county, our notions distributors and developed a consumer direct business.

In 1987 Hygienics Industries was awarded a grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners to further its goals and projects.

Since 2003 Kleinert's has added many new disposable and reusable products for hyperhidrosis and incontinence. We even serve the United States VA System with our incontinence products. Today we serve tens of thousands of consumers worldwide as well as our traditional retail trade accounts.

Kleinert’s is privately owned and managed by Mr. Michael Brier who manages the continued growth of Kleinert's. With his leadership, the company is again forging forward with new products in new fields including healthcare.

Kleinert’s produces the largest selection of underarm pads and products for excessive sweating in the world! Some of our customers today include Broadway shows, movie sets, US cadets at West Point, choirs, operas and uniform companies.

We are direct manufacturers located in the small town of Elba, Alabama where we employ American workers. All of our products are made in America and we support local jobs. During these trying times it is important to support American jobs and as far as Kleinert’s is concerned, we will never move our jobs offshore.

We produce underarm pads made from 100%  cotton and underarm pads made with a waterproof middle layer of vinyl or Duralite to stop sweat from going through to the outer clothing.

No other company produces the full line of disposable and reusable underarm pads like Kleinert’s does.
We try to make everyone satisfied through our myriad of products which save the consumers money from dry cleaning but also enhances their lifestyle and extends the useful life of their clothing.

We are constantly researching new fabrics and design techniques to contribute to the benefit of our consumer products. Our patents include two for an advanced fabric treatment called Fabrapel which uniquely provides fluid-resistance, stain-resistance and odor-resistance to any fabric making it a noiseless, protective barrier. Additionally a patent for hyperhidrosis using a 15% aluminum chloride ingredient with which we produce a wipe called Dry Body for excessive sweating. These are successfully sold to dermatologists, podiatrists and to consumers worldwide.

This is sure to develop even more loyal consumers worldwide. The future of Kleinert's is strong and with continued innovative products which can further benefit people, we expect continued success. Please call us with any questions or comments regarding our products; Kleinerts® 433 Newton Street Elba, AL. 36323.

We are now incorporated as Hygienics Industries since 2003.

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Silver Award Winner - Ultra Sweat Shield Box

Receiving US Department Of Commerce Award 2015

Plant Address
: Kleinert's 433 Newton Street Elba, AL 36323

Pictures from our Factory in Elba, Alabama
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Original College Point, NY - IB Kleinert's Rubber Co. Building

Vintage Kleinert's Products & Advertisements.

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Vintage Kleinert's Ads.


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Kleinert's dress shields

Kelinerts Dress Shields

This ad appeared the April 29, 1940 issue of Life.