Johnson & Johnson
The company is ranked No. 37 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. Johnson & Johnson’s brands include numerous household names of medications and first aid supplies. Among its well-known consumer products are the Band-Aid Brand line of bandages, Tylenol medications and Johnson’s Baby products.
About Johnson & Johnson in brief
Johnson & Johnson is one of the world’s most valuable companies. The company is ranked No. 37 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. The corporation includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in 60 countries and products sold in over 175 countries. Johnson & Johnson’s brands include numerous household names of medications and first aid supplies. Among its well-known consumer products are the Band-Aid Brand line of bandages, Tylenol medications, Johnson’s Baby products, Neutrogena skin and beauty products, Clean & Clear facial wash and Acuvue contact lenses. Robert Wood Johnson began his professional training at age 16 as a pharmaceutical apprentice at an apothecary run by his mother’s cousin, James G. Wood, in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Johnson co-founded his own company with George Seabury in 1873. The New York-based Seabury & Johnson became known for its medicated plasters. The first commercial first aid kit was designed in 1888 to support railroad construction workers, who were often hundreds of miles from medical care. In 1904, the company expanded its baby care products with Lister’s Sanitary Diapers, a diaper product for infants. During World War I, Johnson developed and donated 300,000 packaged surgical dressings for field medics in the Spanish–American War. The firm employed more than 1,200 people by 1910. Women accounted for half of the company’s workforce and led a quarter of its workforce.
In 1916, Johnson acquired the Chicopee & Johnson surgical products company, which was acquired by Johnson in 1916, and he was succeeded as president by his brother James Wood Johnson. In 1918, the firm acquired the Chicopee&Johnson surgical products factory, which became known as Johnson’s Surgical Specialties, which is still in operation today. In 1921, Johnson bought the Surgical Specialty Company, which had been founded in 1875, for $1.5 million. In 1925, Johnson and the Surgical Surgical Company merged to form the Johnson Surgical Corporation. In 1926, the Johnson and Johnson Medical Corporation was founded, which still exists today. The two companies were merged into one company, Johnson&Johnson, with the name changed to Johnson & Johnson. The name Johnson & Johnson was later changed to Johnson and Johnson, and the company was acquired by Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1984. The corporation was founded in 1886 with 14 employees, eight women and six men. It had more than 400 employees and 14 buildings by 1894. The products were later marketed separately, including Lister’s Towels, the world’s first mass-produced sanitary napkins, and Johnson’s Baby Powder. In 1894 the company introduced the world’s first maternity kit in 1894 to aid at-home births. The kit contained antiseptic soap, sanitary Napkins, umbilical tape, and Johnson’s pills.