Gojo Industries Buys Back Purell Brand from Johnson & Johnson

Updated September 20, 2020, originally posted on October 30, 2010

Gojo Industries bought the Purell brand back from Johnson & Johnson in 2010. Gojo invented Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer in 1988 for use in foodservice and healthcare situations when people lacked access to soap and water. With this transaction, Gojo once again has ownership of the Purell brand.

Gojo President Mark Lerner said in a statement, "Good hand hygiene knows no boundaries. This transaction enables Gojo to expand the Purell product line to include effective hand hygiene solutions for every setting - at home, at work and on the go."

Update 9-20-2020: Gojo recently announced new packaging solutions to speed up production because of the coronavirus pandemic. The new packaging includes emergency response hand sanitizer bottles. You can see the new packaging on gojo.com.


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