Sales: $9.4 billion for the year ended June 29, 2012, but that total includes sales for food management
Key Personnel: H. Fisk Johnson, chief executive officer; Mark Eckhardt, chief financial officer; Kelly Semrau, VP-sustainability.
Major Products: Household cleaners, disinfectants and insecticides. Brands include Dow, Windex, Vanish, Drano, Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers.
New Products: Windex Touch-Up Cleaner.
Comments: Sales rose an estimated 5% last year at privately-held SC Johnson. Company executives have always taken pride in SCJ’s green initiatives, and now they’ve taken it to another level by commissioning two 415-feet tall wind turbines at Waxdale, the largest SCJ factory. It’s all part of the company’s move to rely more on renewable energy as part of its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions from all of its operations under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program.
The two turbines will generate enough power to supply about 700 homes, or about 15% of the energy used at the Waxdale factory.
The company has already generated most of its own power through projects that burn landfill gas as well as natural gas.
“These two windmills have been a personal passion of mine,” said CEO Fisk Johnson. Not only do they help the company supply, on average, all of its own power needs, he said, but they also are “a giant visual reminder of the commitment we’ve made as a company to environmental progress.”
More recently, in April, SC Johnson joined Comision Federal de Electricidad’s (CFE/Federal Electricity Commission) wind farm program, a power purchase agreement that will enable the firm to increase the use of renewable energy at its Toluca, Mexico facility to an estimated 86% and decrease its greenhouse gas emissions for the same facility by 57%.
In new product news, in March SC Johnson launched the Smart Twist Cleaning System, which uses less packaging and helps reduce waste with three concentrated cleaners in a space-saving sprayer. It is available exclusively online and includes the company’s most popular cleaning lines, like Windex and Scrubbing Bubbles. According to SCJ, the Smart TwistCleaning System is a good choice for reducing waste. Each concentrated cleaner cartridge:
- Requires 63% less plastic than a new standard spray bottle;
- Avoids transporting up to 22.7 fl. oz. of water, depending on the formula; and
- Is recyclable in most community programs.
Each Smart Twist concentrated cleaner cartridge is available in the following five cleaners: Windex glass cleaner, Fantastik Kitchen cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner, Pledge furniture polish and Shout carpet cleaner.