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Akron-based GOJO takes over French skin care company
GOJO calls the Prodene Klint  acquisition globally strategic
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
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CORRECTION: The CEO of GOJO was identified incorrectly in the original version of this story. He is Mark Lerner.

Akron’s GOJO Industries has acquired French skin care company Prodene Klint.

Mark Lerner is the chief executive officer of GOJO, which makes Purell sanitizer and other soaps. He says some production will move to Europe, but the acquisition will lead to new jobs in Ohio as GOJO begins producing and selling some of the French products domestically.

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“We view this as a strategic expansion. It’s not like acquisitions that many companies make where they do it for cost consolidation, cost cutting. This is in our minds, about driving our value propositions and our purpose and our vision deeper and deeper into the marketplace.”

Lerner says GOJO recently added a 350,000 square foot warehouse in Cuyahoga Falls and is already out of space. He says it is considering further expansions.

GOJO employs nearly 1,300 people in Northeast Ohio. The company is not disclosing the purchase price of Prodene Klint.

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Sadly, you have the President of the company's name wrong. A company that employs 1,300 people locally!
On a positive note, good for a local company!


Posted by: Anonymous (Akron,OH) on January 31, 2014 9:01AM
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