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, GOJO is producing more than two times what GOJO did before the COVID-19 pandemic started across all of its operations.
“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,” says Carey Jaros, GOJO president and CEO, in a press release. “This will result in ongoing, heightened demand for our essential PURELL skincare 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. In its press release, GOJO also announces the purchase of a 325,000-square-foot facility in Maple Heights, Ohio. GOJO Maple Heights will manufacture PURELL Surface Spray, which is listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s List N: Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens and Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARSCoV- 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 team members around the globe and is expecting to add at least 200 jobs with these two additional facilities.
“GOJO is an Ohiogrown company whose products, including its PURELL products, are helping us combat the pandemic,” says Ohio Governor Mike DeWine via GOJO. “These new investments demonstrate the confidence GOJO has in Ohio’s talent, which is hard at work producing and distributing critical PURELL products used worldwide.”