Marking winter solstice, the longest night of the year, SC Johnson relit its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower, which will soon open for public tours for the first time in its history. The historic tower, open from 1950 to 1982, served as the creative inspiration and birthplace for the company’s leading brands and products including Raid, Glade, OFF! and Pledge.
“The Research Tower has long stood as a beacon of not only light, but innovation, symbolizing SC Johnson’s commitment to bringing families popular and trusted brands that help make lives better,” said Kelly M. Semrau, senior vice president – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability. “Today’s relighting, illuminating the sky on the longest night of the year, reaffirms that commitment.”
The Research Tower is located at the heart of the company’s global headquarters at its Howe Street campus in Racine, Wis., and stands 153 feet high with 232 stairs that climb 15 stories. Opened in 1950, the Tower was home to the company’s research and development scientists, who, within 10 years of opening, developed and introduced several of its most trusted products. While SC Johnson closed the facility in 1982, the company still lit the Research Tower every night. The lights were recently turned off during an extensive 12-month restoration, which involved both exterior and interior updates.
Beginning in spring of 2014, the Research Tower will be open to the public for the first time ever, at no charge. More info: www.scjohnson.com/visit