Sales: $10.5 billion
Note: $10.5 billion (estimated), but that total includes storage bags
Key personnel: H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer; Tim Bailey, president, global consumer brands; Richard Murray Thomson, vice chairman; Mark H. Eckhardt, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Salman Amin, chief operating officer; Steven P. Stanbrook, chief operating officer of international markets
Major products: Household cleaners, disinfectants and insecticides: AllOut, Autan, Baygon, Off! and Raid insecticides; Drano drain cleaner; Duck, Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaners; Caldrea, Mr. Muscle and Mrs. Meyers household cleaners; Glade air freshener; Grand Prize, Kiwi and Pledge waxes and polishes; Shout laundry stain remover; Windex glass cleaner, Ecover and Method home cleaning products; Deb cleaning products for the I&I sector
Acquisitions: SunBum and Oars & Alps sun care, Stasher storage bags
Comments: Sales rose less than 2% in fiscal 2019, according to industry estimates.
In December, SC Johnson acquired Stasher, a fast-growing line of high-quality, reusable silicone storage bags. Made from silicone, Stasher bags are durable, versatile and designed to be used across a wide range of temperatures for uses including freezing and cooking. The bags are resealable and can be used thousands of times. They are available in a variety of colors and convenient sizes including pocket, snack, sandwich and half gallon, according to SC Johnson.
“Stasher is a fast-growing, innovative brand that has built a great reputation with its high-quality products,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Stasher bags are an excellent complement to our portfolio of trusted, quality brands.
“We are beyond excited for Stasher to be joining SC Johnson,” said Kat Nouri, founder of Stasher. “SC Johnson has long been committed to moving the needle on the plastic waste crisis by shifting consumer habits and working with governments and NGOs. We at Stasher have been leading a movement by providing a durable, reusable alternative to single-use plastic bags, and through this acquisition we can now scale our mission beyond our reach.”
About a year ago, SC Johnson expanded its position in sun care with the acquisitions of Sun Bum, a fast-growing brand that makes personal care products including sun protection, hair care and lip care. The acquisition also includes the Baby Bum brand of sun protection and baby care products.
“The Sun Bum brand is a welcome addition to our portfolio of trusted products,” said Johnson. “It also expands our robust selection of fast-growing, on-trend products like Babyganics, Method, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Caldrea that appeal to consumers and their families.
In September, SC Johnson acquired Oars + Alps, a Chicago startup that makes men’s skin care products. Sources say SCJ paid about $20 million for the brand, which was launched in 2016 by Mia Saini Duchnowski and Laura Lisowski Cox, who were said to be frustrated by the lack of healthy products available for their husbands. The Oars + Alps line includes deodorant, moisturizer, body wash and other products.
In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, SC Johnson made a series of moves and donations to support relief efforts. For example, the company built new capacity to manufacture up to 75,000 bottles of hand sanitizer per month. One hundred percent of the hand sanitizer produced were to be donated to health workers, first responders and the company’s own production employees. The line is at Waxdale, the company’s largest global manufacturing facility, located in Mount Pleasant, WI.
“As doctors, nurses and first responders work hard to protect their communities and save lives, we want them to know that all of us at SC Johnson stand with them and are here to help,” said Johnson. “I am glad to be able to work with Dow to help meet the needs of people on the front lines at this challenging time.”
SC Johnson partnered with Dow, which will make a one-time contribution of bulk sanitizer to produce 25,000 eight-ounce bottles. Once the bulk sanitizer from Dow is packaged into bottles, SC Johnson will return approximately 12,500 bottles to Dow, for distribution to Dow’s production sites to help protect employees and ensure safe manufacturing operations. SC Johnson manufactured the remaining amount of hand sanitizer needed to reach 75,000 bottles a month.
“Ensuring those on the front lines of the pandemic remain healthy is essential to society’s ability to help flatten the curve,” said Dow Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling. “We commend SC Johnson for converting its operations to produce hand sanitizer for health care professionals in need and are grateful for the opportunity to partner together to enable this effort.”
Outside the US, SC Johnson donated 1 million yuan and product to the Red Cross in China; partnered with Save the Children to help educate and enable children and families in China, India, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic; launched 2020 SC Johnson’s Youth Action for a Green Life to help children deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and much more.