Our Company

Our History

Since 1886, SC Johnson has grown from a small parquet flooring company in Racine, Wisconsin, to a thriving global enterprise with products in virtually every country around the world. Here are a few steps along the way.

1886 - 1999
2000 - Present


Company founder Samuel C. Johnson purchases a flooring business and starts his own company in Racine, Wisconsin.


Samuel C. Johnson develops his first paste wax floor care product, to help consumers care for and protect their homes.


SC Johnson starts offering paid vacations, establishing itself from its very beginnings as a great place to work.


Herbert F. Johnson Sr., son of Samuel C. Johnson, becomes a partner and SC Johnson becomes a family company.


SC Johnson establishes its first international company, in Britain.


Samuel C. Johnson lays the cornerstone for the Racine YMCA, setting a standard for community leadership by the company.


SC Johnson becomes one of the first companies in the United States to offer profit sharing for all employees.


SC Johnson Australia founded.


SC Johnson Canada founded.


Herbert F. Johnson Sr. founds a community fund to unite volunteer agencies - the precursor to the United Way of Racine.


SC Johnson establishes the Johnson Mutual Benefit Association, which supports employee benefits, activities and more.


In a speech, Herbert F. Johnson Sr. summarizes our principles:  "The goodwill of people is the only enduring thing in any business."


Despite the Great Depression, SC Johnson establishes a pension plan for employees - it's among early companies to do so.


H.F. Johnson Jr. leads the Carnauba Expedition 15,000 miles to Brazil. This expedition is retraced in 1998 by Sam, Fisk and Curt Johnson.


SC Johnson Brazil founded.


SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed headquarters building opens in Racine, Wisconsin.


Around 200 employees serve in World War II and the company produces millions of units of product for the war effort. Jobs were held for anyone who wanted to come back.


SC Johnson Belgium and SC Johnson France founded.


SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower building opens in Racine, Wisconsin.


SC Johnson operations founded in Argentina, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines and Venezuela.


The Raid®, Glade®, OFF!® and Pledge® brands launch and go on to become trusted, household names.


The SC Johnson Fund, Inc. is established to provide grants that support people, communities and the environment.


SC Johnson operations founded in Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand.


As part of SC Johnson’s sponsorship of the 1964 World’s Fair, the company creates the Academy Award-winning documentary film To Be Alive!


SC Johnson opens what will become the world's largest private, urban entomology research center to combat bugs and the diseases they can carry.


SC Johnson operations founded in the Caribbean, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Korea, Nigeria, Portugal and Taiwan.


SC Johnson voluntarily and unilaterally eliminates chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from our aerosol products, three years before the U.S. mandate.


SC Johnson formally states our values in "This We Believe," which gives all employees a common understanding of our principles.


After more than 40 years of doing so, SC Johnson formalizes its commitment to donate 5% of pre-tax profits to charitable causes.


SC Johnson helps bring to life the documentary Living Planet, which exposes people to the beauty of the natural world and the need to preserve it.


SC Johnson operations founded in China, Cyprus, Ecuador, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.


SC Johnson continues operating in South Africa, becoming one of the first signatories of the Sullivan Principles.


SC Johnson opens one of the first corporate childcare centers in the U.S.; and it expands continually to ensure there's never a waiting list for employees' children.


"People Who Care" launches and becomes a model organization for encouraging and arranging employee volunteerism.


SC Johnson operations founded in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vietnam.


SC Johnson leads a national grassroots coalition to promote steel can recycling, resulting in over 5,600 communities recycling empty aerosol cans.


SC Johnson acquires The Drackett Company, bringing Windex®, Vanish® and Drano® into our family of brands.


SC Johnson helps The Nature Conservancy protect two reserves in Brazil's Caatinga ecoregion and create a local conservation organization. 


SC Johnson acquires the DowBrands business, adding Ziploc®, Saran™, Scrubbing Bubbles® and fantastik® to our family of brands.


Sam, Fisk and Curt Johnson retrace the 1935 Carnaúba Expedition, reaffirming the company’s commitment to sustainability and adventure.


131 years. Five generations. One family.

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