School Supplies: GOJO pledges to make Purell products available to students, educators, and school staff

By Deanna Utroske

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This month, Carey Jaros, President and CEO of the hygiene and skin care products manufacturing company, issued a statement to the press vowing to coordinate with school districts around the US to ensure they have ready access to soap, sanitizer, and disinfectant.

“We will work tirelessly with our distributor partners to outfit as many schools as we can over the coming weeks and months,” ​says GOJO President and CEO Carey Jaros in her recent statement, which comes just months after the company announced a significant expansion of its production facilities.

GOJO is growing to keep up with demand for hygiene products during COVID-19

As the virus crisis wears on, “demand continues to be extraordinary,” ​for Purell Hand Sanitizer, Purell brand Healthy Soap, and PURELL Surface Spray, says Jaros.

And to meet that demand the company has invested in new facilities and expanded production hours at existing manufacturing sites. “The company is leasing a new space in Navarre, Ohio, for both storage and distribution and bought a space in Maple Heights, Ohio, that will be used to manufacture Purell surface spray,” as Cosmetics Design reported in June​.

“Our investments in manufacturing, including activating more than two-million additional square feet of production space, will allow us to make exponentially more Purell products available in stores and online, over the next six months,” ​affirms Jaros in her August statement.

And despite the fact that GOJO is currently “shipping product to stores and online retailers at more than double 2019 levels, and while these retailers are enforcing limits to how much any one customer can buy, Purell Hand Sanitizer is often wiped out as soon as it is restocked,” ​she says.

GOJO is coordinating with US schools to get hygiene products to students, educators, and school staff

“GOJO and our distributor partners are actively working directly with as many school districts throughout the country as we can to provide the Purell Hand Sanitizer, Purell brand Healthy Soap, and Purell Surface Spray they need to reopen with confidence,” ​Jaros tells the press, adding that the hygiene company has “rapidly developed and launched some new solutions designed especially for schools.”

And in an effort to equip schools with not only product but also information, she says that  “We are also providing protocols, training materials, and educational content to support schools in maximizing the impact of the products they have available, including when and how these products should be used, and where to place wall-mounted dispensers, floor stands, and tabletop bottles – so sanitizing and washing fit into the normal flow of the school day.”

And Jaros refers back to the company’s mission and industry standing to emphasize why consumers have trusted the Purell brand for years and can continue to do so now: “In line with our GOJO Purpose of Saving Lives and Making Life Better, never have we felt more responsibility to ensure trusted PURELL products – which are made with only the best raw materials, are always produced in strict compliance with all FDA and EPA requirements, and are rigorously tested for both safety and efficacy – are available in K-12 schools.”

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