The history of our business activity dates back to the late 1980s, when Heritage Environmental Services established a division to concentrate on the service needs of smaller customers. This division, known as Crystal Clean, began providing parts cleaning and used oil collection services to customers in Indianapolis, Indiana and gradually expanded to several other cities in the Midwest. During the 1990s, the Crystal Clean division expanded into markets in Texas and Louisiana as the result of a business venture with a major branded motor oil company. By the late 1990s, the Crystal Clean division was offering services to small to mid-sized customers in roughly a dozen metropolitan area. In 1999, the parent of Heritage Environmental Services and Joseph Chalhoub, our Founder, agreed to form a new company, Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC, and to contribute the business assets of the Crystal Clean division to this new company. Mr. Chalhoub invested in the new company, became its first President and CEO, and recruited a team of seasoned industry professionals to join our company and implement plans for growth.
Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware on June 13,2007. From mid 1999 through June 12, 2007, the business of the company was conducted by Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC("Holdings") and its affiliates. On March 11, 2008, Holdings and its wholly-owned and majority-owned affiliates completed a reorganization and an initial public offering. In connection with the reorganization and public offering, Holdings became a subsidiary of the company. Our principal executive office is located in Elgin, Illinois.