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42. Gojo Industries

Published July 12, 2011
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42.  Gojo Industries

Akron, OH



Sales: $135 million


$135 million (estimated).

Key Personnel:

Joe Kanfer, chairman and chief executive officer.

Major Products:

Skin health and hygiene solutions for I&I settings. Brands include Gojo, Provon and Purell.


Gojo, a privately-held company based in Akron, OH, sports offices in the UK, France, Japan and Brazil. Throughout its 64-year history, the brand has focused squarely on skin/hand health and hygiene—and it essentially created the hand sanitizer product category with Purell, which rolled out in 1988.

In 2004, Gojo sold the Purell brand to Warner-Lambert Company (although Gojo continued to market Purell in the I&I market). But last year, Purell returned home as Gojo reacquired the brand in October, purchasing it from its new owners, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, which picked up the hand sanitizer in its 2006 Warner-Lambert acquisition.

Under the Purell banner is a Green Certified version, which is made with 100% naturally renewable plant-derived ethanol in a readily biodegradable formula. This year, the USDA chose Purell Green Certified Instant Hand Sanitizer Foam as a featured product for the formal launch of its new BioPreferred Label Program.

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