SC Johnson to acquire hygiene company Deb Group

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 6, 2015

RACINE — On Friday, SC Johnson announced it has signed a binding offer to purchase Deb Group, a global industrial company focused on hygiene and skin care systems for the industrial, commercial, health care and food markets.

“Deb is an important platform for SC Johnson and helps expand our presence in industrial and institutional markets,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, in a statement. “Deb’s market leadership, channel strengths and commitment to innovation complement our own strengths.”

For more than 70 years, Deb has offered skin care regimens for all types of workplace and public settings, including heavy-duty hand cleaners, foaming hand soaps, antibacterial washes, hand sanitizers and restorative hand creams. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Deb’s products are used in more than 100 countries.

C Johnson expects the deal to be finalized in the coming months subject to completing any consultations and regulatory approvals, according to the company announcement.

SC Johnson markets such well-known brands as Glade, Windex, Ziploc, and Scrubbing Bubbles. The 129-year-old company headquartered in Racine generates $9 billion in sales, employs nearly 12,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.