What are some facts about S.C. Johnson?


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S.C. Johnson & Son is a family company based in Racine, Wisconsin that manufactures household cleaning, personal care and pest control products. The company has operations in over 70 countries and sells its products in over 110 countries. It is the largest component of Johnson Family Enterprises, which also includes Johnson Outdoors and the Johnson Financial Group.

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S.C. Johnson & Son started in 1886 when Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr. purchased the parquet flooring business belonging to Racine Hardware Company. Samuel named the business Johnson's Prepared Paste Wax Company and changed the name to S.C. Johnson & Son in 1906 when Herbert F. Johnson Sr. became a partner.

From 1935 to 1950 the company sponsored the "Fibber McGee & Molly" radio show, during which time it was popularly known as "The Johnson Wax Show." In 1984, the Cornell University renamed its business school the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management in honor of the generosity of the Johnson family towards the institution. In 1992, the company bought Drackett and in 1997 it bought Dow Chemical's DowBrands Division.

In 1999 the commercial cleaning products and systems division separated from the main company and formed a company called Johnson Wax Professional. In 2006, S.C. Johnson was one of the recipients of the Ron Brown Award for corporate leadership. From 2005 to 2011 Fortune Magazine ranked it as one of the top 10 companies to work for.

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