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GOJO expanding to 2 new facilities, bringing 200 new jobs to Northeast Ohio

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 16:00:12-04

AKRON, Ohio — GOJO, the maker of Purell hand sanitizer, has purchased a new facilty in Maple Heights and leased a facility in Navarre that together, will bring around 100 new jobs to each of their respective communities.

"We are excited to support the expansion of GOJO Industries into Cuyahoga County that will bring this essential business here to our County," said GOJO Chief Economic Development and Business Officer Ted Carter. "This investment will bring 100 additional high-quality manufacturing jobs to Maple Heights, providing much-needed jobs and income to that municipality. We are very pleased that GOJO has committed to hiring a diverse and local workforce."

Specifically, the 325,000 square-foot Maple Heights plant will be used to manufacture Purell Surface Spray, a disinfectant product that is capable of killing mold, mildew, fungi and viruses such as influenza and coronavirus, according to the company.

"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," said GOJO President and CEO, Carey Jaros. "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."

The facility in Navarre will be used for distribution and storage.

"GOJO is an Ohio-grown company whose products, including its PURELL products are helping us combat the pandemic," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "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."

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