3M Co. recently completed the purchase of Nylonge Corp., a maker of household cleaning products in Elyria, Ohio.
St. Paul-based 3M already makes trademarked cleaning products including Scotch-Brite and O-Cel-O. The company announced Oct. 3 that the deal to acquire Nylonge had been completed and that it will provide another source of supply for its cleaning tools business. Nylonge's products include cellulose sponges, scrub sponges, sponge block, sponge cloth, dust clothes and vinyl gloves.
The firm also said that Nylonge will continue operations in Elyria. It has about 200 employees.
George Hrabik, president of Nylonge, said he and Galib Alibeckoff, chief executive officer, are two of the previous owners, and that they will continue to work for the company.
Nylonge was formed by the late Alfred Politzer in 1951 to make cellulose sponges in Cleveland. It was sold in 1969 to Kimberly Clark Corp and in 1978 was taken over in a management-led buyout. It moved to Elyria in 1991 and has expanded a few times.