RACINE, Wis., (Oct. 5, 2015) – SC Johnson was awarded a 2015 Wright Spirit Award on October 3 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
SC Johnson was selected for its stalwart commitment to preserving its signature Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, including the restoration and opening to the public of its Research Tower, and continued commitment to creating important architectural works.
“We are honored to be a recipient of a Wright Spirit Award,” said Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “Frank Lloyd Wright’s lasting presence on our campus and throughout our company has inspired a sense of adventure and creativity, and his impact is something we celebrate every day when we come to work. Our commitment to his legacy is SC Johnson’s mission because our histories are so intertwined."
SC Johnson’s association with Frank Lloyd Wright dates back nearly 80 years. In 1936, third generation SC Johnson leader H.F. Johnson Jr. sought Wright. Designs were already in development for the company's new Administration Building, but Johnson wanted a new, more modern approach, even though ground had already been broken and construction was set to start when Wright was brought up as an alternative.
The relationship between Wright and Johnson helped define Wright's career as much as it helped to define the SC Johnson global headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. The first building Wright designed for the Johnson company was the Administration Building, which opened in 1939, followed by the Research Tower, which opened in 1950.
SC Johnson’s Administration Building is the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed office space still in use today and SC Johnson shares these treasures by offering free public tours of its global headquarters. Reservations are required and can be made at www.scjohnson.com/visit to see the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building and Research Tower where iconic brands like Pledge®, Glade® and Raid® were created.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 129-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
About the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international preservation organization, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Chicago. Founded in 1989, its mission is to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through education, advocacy and technical services. The staff and a corps of dedicated and knowledgeable board members and volunteers accomplish the Conservancy’s mission through strategic initiatives that include: advocating publicly and privately against demolition and neglect of Wright structures; providing access to expert technical conservation and restoration resources; reaching an international audience for sellers of Wright properties and helping owners find preservation-minded buyers; introducing new audiences to Wright’s work and deepening the understanding of this architecture’s importance in American and international culture through SaveWright, a biannual magazine; and recognizing and honoring individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary efforts in stewardship of Wright buildings or furtherance of the Wright legacy through the Conservancy’s Wright Spirit Awards.