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Familiar Brands

September 24, 2012

Samuel C. Johnson bought a flooring business in Racine, Wisconsin in 1886. This was the start of a company which today carries brands that consumers around the world are very familiar with.  Samuel C. Johnson developed his first floor wax for consumer use in 1880; this would lead to the Johnson Wax brand that a good portion of the consumer’s world has heard of.

The years 1956 through 1958 saw the launching of brands Raid, Glade, OFF! and Pledge; over half a century later these products are still in the market and still very much popular. The company has always tried to stay ahead of the curve like in 1975 when it no longer used chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in its aerosol products. This was a good three years ahead of the ban.

SC Johnson did not only follow organic grow but acquired other companies and more familiar brands as well. In 1992 SC Johnson acquired The Drackett Company which had with it the brands Drano, Vanish, and Windex.  Another notable acquisition was completed in 1998 when the company acquired the DowBrands business bringing with it the fantastic, Scrubbing Bubbles, Ziploc, and Saran brands.

SC Johnson has had the reputation of being a good company to work for.  In 1900 the company began offering paid vacations.  In 1917 it became one of the earliest companies to provide profit sharing for all employees.  The Johnson Mutual Benefit Association was founded in 1922 supporting employee benefits, activities and other functions.   The company has been ranked by Fortune Magazine as of the top 10 “Companies to Work For” in its annual ranking from 2005 to 2011.

Today SC Johnson & Son is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer chemical products.  The company employs close to 13,000 people around the world. It has operations in over 70 countries and its products are sold in almost every country in the world. Its annual revenue is around $9 billion.

What is also unique about this company is it is still family owned.  Chairman and CEO Dr. Fisk Johnson belongs to the fifth family generation heading the company.

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