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GOJO acquires Laboratories Prodene Klint

January 31, 2014
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GOJO Acquires LABORATOIRES PRODENE KLINT, Advancing a Shared Global Vision
Two leaders in healthy skin and healthy places have joined together to achieve global growth

AKRON, OH —  GOJO Industries announced today the acquisition of Laboratoires Prodene Klint. The two companies are joining forces to advance a shared vision of global leadership. Based in France, Prodene Klint specializes in professional hygiene, cosmetics and disinfectant products. GOJO, based in Akron, Ohio, is the global leader in skin health and hygiene products for away-from-home settings. GOJO product brands include GOJO soaps and hand cleaners and PURELL Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer.

"We are pleased to welcome Prodene Klint to the GOJO family," said Mark Lerner, GOJO president and Chief Operating Officer (COO). "Both Prodene Klint and GOJO, as third-generation, family-owned companies and category leaders, will advance our shared Vision as the global leader in healthy skin and healthy places. The strategic expansion with Prodene Klint provides many opportunities for learning and positive synergies for both organizations."

"What intrigued us most about expanding with a leader like GOJO was the similarity of Vision,” said Eric Vignot, chief executive officer (CEO) of Prodene Klint. "Prodene Klint and GOJO will expand our geographic footprint, serve global customers and expand access to diverse ideas and resources. Joining with GOJO is a win-win for Prodene Klint, our employees and customers. We are excited about the opportunities ahead."

About GOJO
GOJO Industries Inc. (www.gojo.com) is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings.  The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability.  GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality.  GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments.  GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

About Prodene Klint
Created in 1973, Laboratoires Prodene Klint specializes in professional hygiene, cosmetic and disinfectant products and has remained faithful to the key principles on which its success is built: quality, skill and innovation. Prodene Klint has become a major player in the French professional hygiene market and the cosmetic wipes market.  The skin hygiene and disinfectant products designed, developed and manufactured by Laboratoires Prodene Klint are used in Healthcare, Food Industry, Industry and Institutional settings.  Prodene Klint has a cosmetics division manufacturing site located in Annecy and two skin hygiene and disinfectant division production sites in the Parisian region.  The company has an international presence in Germany, North America and North Africa through subsidiaries, and in the rest of the world through a network of partners.
 

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