By running its facilities 24/7, working with its existing suppliers to dramatically increase raw materials and component supplies, and by implementing creative partnerships with other companies that have directed bottles and caps its way, the company is producing more than two times the amount of product pre-pandemic.
“We believe the world will forever be changed by this pandemic and we see this translating to a sustained increase in awareness of the importance of safe and effective hygiene practices,” said Gojo President and CEO Carey Jaros. “This will result in ongoing, heightened demand for our essential Purell skin care and surface solutions. In service of our Gojo Purpose, Saving Lives and Making Life Better, our responsibility to keep the world healthy and well has never been greater. Expanding our manufacturing infrastructure is one of the many ways we are responding as the market leader in these challenging times.”
Gojo recently signed a lease agreement for a facility in Navarre, Ohio, which will be used for storage and distribution. More recently, Gojo announced the purchase of a 325,000-square-foot facility in Maple Heights, Ohio, where it will manufacture Purell Surface Spray. Purell Surface Spray was launched in 2016 and has won numerous awards for its unparalleled combination of being no-rinse on food contact surfaces with lowest possible toxicity (Category IV), while effectively killing bacteria, mold, mildew, fungi, and dozens of viruses, including Influenza and Norovirus. It is listed on the EPA’s List N: Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens and Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2. Demand for the product has been infinite since the pandemic began.
These two new facilities bring the company’s Ohio manufacturing facilities to four, including those in Cuyahoga Falls and Wooster. Gojo headquarters is in Akron, Ohio, and the company also has several manufacturing facilities in France. Gojo employs more than 2,500 around the world and is expecting to add at least 200 jobs with these two additional facilities.