Top Companies Report

45. Gojo

July 1, 2015

Akron, OH

Sales: $150 million (estimated).

Key Personnel: Joe Kanfer, chairman and chief executive officer; Mark S. Lerner, president and chief operating officer.

Major Products: Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, Gojo, Provon, Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes.

New Products: Smartlink Hand Hygiene Solutions, Purell Advanced Green Certified Hand Sanitizer, Gojo EcoPreferred Pumice Hand Cleaner, Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Provon Ultra Mild Foam Handwash and Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Ultra Nourishing Foam.

Comments: Gojo’s original mission to get dirty hands clean without damaging the skin has greatly evolved over the past six decades. Today, it is a leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. Its portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the Gojo, Purell and Provon brand names. 

The company, which is also known for dispensing technology, serves a variety of markets including automotive, education, food processing, foodservice, healthcare, law enforcement, manufacturing and military. 

“Saving lives and making life better through well-being solutions is our purpose at Gojo,” said Joe Kanfer, Gojo chairman and CEO. “This is seen through the continuous development of market leading hand hygiene solutions sold through facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico and France. It is also evident through the company’s caring and collaborative environment.”

In 2014, Gojo acquired Laboratoires Prodene Klint. Based in France, Prodene Klint specializes in professional hygiene, cosmetics and disinfectant products. 

This year, Gojo announced it would lease 1.3 million square feet of space in Wooster, OH, to expand manufacturing and distribution operations.

The Wooster Campus is in addition to the Gojo headquarters in Akron, manufacturing and distribution in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and operations worldwide including those in the UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico and France.

 With the addition of the Gojo Wooster Campus, Gojo anticipates increasing its workforce over the next several years. The company said it expects to add 30-50 new jobs there within the next year and more than a total of 240 jobs as operations expand.