GOJO Industries, Inc., is a privately held manufacturer of hand hygiene and skin care products. Its best known product is Purell instant hand sanitizer. The company was founded in 1946 in Akron, Ohio, where it is again headquartered after a period in Cuyahoga Falls. GOJO introduced Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer in 1988, and its Provon brand name in 1989. GOJO was founded in 1946 in Akron, Ohio, by Goldie and Jerry Lippman. Goldie worked at the Miller Tire Co. rubber factory during World War II where graphite, tar, and carbon often got on her hands, as well as the hands of other employees, and was difficult to remove. Jerry worked at the Goodyear Aircraft plant. Both came home covered in sticky black carbon. They disliked what the cleaners used to clean their clothes so they set out to find an effective cleaning product that could be used without water. Goldie and Jerry worked together with Professor Clarence Cook from Kent State University’s chemistry department to formulate a heavy duty hand cleaner. They called it GOJO Hand Cleaner and sold it to rubber workers. Prior to their product, chemicals such as benzene were used to remove soils, but these irritated the skin. After the war they began marketing to automotive service facilities. They quit their factory jobs and started GOJO. The companys first name and product was GoGo, Goldies nickname, but another company had already used the name, so the founders came up with GOJO, with the "G" standing for Goldie and the "J" standing Jerry.