Sales: $10 billion, but that total includes food management sales.
Key Personnel: H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer; Mark H. Eckhardt, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Salmin Amin, chief operating officer; Renee B. McKaskie, chief information officer.
Major Products: Household cleaners, disinfectants and insecticides. Brands include Windex, Vanish, Drano, Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers.
New Products: Glade Radiant Berries and Fresh Citrus Blossoms, Mr. Muscle 5in1 Kitchen Cleaner, Mr. Muscle Bathroom and Toilet Cleaner.
Comments: When mosquito-borne disease is making news, you can bet that SC Johnson is part of the story. One of the world’s leading makers of insecticide and repellent has committed millions of dollars in 2016 to fight Zika. In February, SCJ pledged $15 million to help vulnerable populations.
“Since the Zika outbreak began in Brazil and has spread to other countries, we have ramped up our global production to help ensure an adequate supply of our products is available in stores, and more importantly, for a donation such as this,” explained Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO.
In the US, SCJ is investing $50 to $80 million to upgrade its corporate office in Racine, WI, but also is moving sales and marketing jobs out of state, from Racine (where it employs 2,250) to Chicago. Meanwhile, the company will move 175 positions, primarily sales and marketing functions, to Chicago over the next year to two. No jobs will be eliminated as part of the move, the company said.
According to executives, the move will give SC Johnson the opportunity to infuse the company with an even broader world-class talent base and diversify its business locations.
In another relocation effort, SCJ is moving 600 employees from the downtown Racine headquarters five miles west to the office building in Mount Pleasant that it bought for $28 million. The 280,000-square-foot building will be renamed the Sam Johnson Campus in honor of the late Sam Johnson, the fourth-generation leader of the company and father of the current chairman and CEO.
The Mount Pleasant building is the former headquarters of Diversey, the commercial cleaning products business that SC Johnson separated from Johnson Wax Professional in 1999 and became Diversey in 2009. Sealed Air, which bought Diversey in 2011, is in the process of eliminating jobs there in anticipation of opening a corporate office in Charlotte, NC, in a move to consolidate its headquarters and other functions now done in New Jersey, Connecticut, Mount Pleasant and North Carolina.
SC Johnson isn’t only focused on real estate these days; it’s making moves into cyberspace, too. The company expanded its global ingredient transparency program and website whatsinsidescjohnson.com across Europe, to give consumers a comprehensive list of product ingredients for brands such as as Glade, Mr Muscle, Raid, Pledge, Duck and Autan.
All these moves don’t take away from the fact that SC Johnson’s sales rose an estimated 4% in fiscal 2015, at a time when many multinationals are struggling to find themselves in the new economy.