Hygiene formulations maker GOJO Industries Inc. will bring its injection molding needs in house.
The Akron, Ohio-based, company will lease a large facility in Wooster, Ohio, where it will establish a manufacturing and warehousing hub to complement its Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, manufacturing/warehousing operation.
“This offers us the opportunity to innovate with all types of plastic molding,” stated GOJO spokeswoman Kelly McGlumphy in an email correspondence. The company also will explore opportunities in other types of molding, such as blow molding, she added.
GOJO invented the iconic Purell hand sanitizer, whose popularity skyrocketed several years ago in response to global pandemics such as severe acute respiratory syndrome. Its popular hand sanitizer containers include an injection molded plastic pump dispenser.
GOJO President and CEO Mark Lerner said the new Wooster operation will accommodate anticipated growth. The company will spend the next six months to a year to renovate the 1.3 million-square-foot Wooster facility, formerly occupied by housewares major Newell Rubbermaid Inc. until it vacated the warehouse in early 2013.
GOJO expects the Wooster project will add 30 to 50 new jobs initially, with the roster expanding to about 244 as the operation grows. Ohio's Tax Credit Authority has approved a 60 percent, six-year job creation tax credit for the project.