This year marks our 50 year anniversary, and we’re incredibly proud of the legacy that the Krost family has created over the years. We have provided not only excellent quality products to our customers, but created a group within our business that the members of our team have come to rely on as a family.
But while our team knows the story of Krost, many of our customers may not know that we have not always specialised in just racking and shelving. Indeed, our family and business history stretch back to the early 1940s.
The Krost family business was not even a dream yet back in the early 1900s when Barney, Jack, and Isidore Krost were born in Lithuania. Their father, Zalman Krost, had incredible forethought and advised his children to flee the country prior to World War I, and Jack, the eldest, left for the more promising shores of America. He was just a young teenager at the time he left.
After fleeing, Jack made the journey to the USA only to be denied access, and so he stayed in Cuba instead, as this was as far as he got. Following this, he left for Africa and landed on the sunny shores of our country during World War II. Not long after he arrived, his two brothers joined him and, together, they all began a plumbing business together, around the early 1940s.
During the War, the business grew immensely and the Krost brothers spent busy days making galvanised baths, jerry cans, buckets, trunks, ammunition boxes, stationery cabinets, lockers, and more, all vital items required for the War.
Of course, the War ended in 1945, and so the brothers found other ways to provide people with much-needed items crafted with their expert skill. The business grew to the manufacturing of four-door filing cabinets and office furniture, and not long after this, it germinated even more and the brothers were soon making kitchenware, such as pots, pans, and breadbins.
Many people would have been satisfied with a successful business such as this one, but true to the Krost legacy, the brothers saw even more opportunity, and began to manufacture post boxes and tool boxes, too.
What is perhaps most remarkable about all of this is the durability and quality of the products we have always manufactured: you will still come across Krost products made decades ago, and they’re still as hardy as ever.
The manufacture of all of these products continued for many years until, finally, Krost Shelving and Racking was born and the indomitable business as we know it today was formed in 1965.
Of course, since arriving in South Africa, the Krost brothers have not always had it so easy, and the business has seen its fair share of trouble and heartache. For example, in the late 1970s, the Krost warehouse burnt down, and all finished goods were destroyed.
But the family and the business bounced back, and today Krost is one of the most thriving racking and shelving companies in southern Africa. Today, Jack’s grandson Uri runs Krost Shelving and Racking with the same passion and dedication that his grandfather always had, continuing the Krost legacy.