40 jobs swept away as cleaning product company moves


Caldrea, the cleaning products business that was founded in Minnesota, is moving its operations to Wisconsin.

The Business Journal reports that S.C. Johnson & Son, which bought the Minneapolis-based company six years ago, made the decision as part of the restructuring of the privately held company.

MinnPost explains that Caldrea produces the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day line of eco-friendly household cleaning products sold across the United States, including at Target and True Value.

The Journal Times of Racine, Wisconsin, where S.C. Johnson & Son is headquartered, said the shift will eliminate 40 jobs in Minneapolis; the local office will close in June. The newspaper added that 10-15 jobs in the company's research and development, sales and marketing divisions will be relocated from Minneapolis to Racine, and those employees have been offered transfers. Positions linked to product supply, human resources and business processes and technology will be consolidated into existing functions in Racine.

S.C. Johnson manufactures household cleaning supplies including Windex, Drano and Pledge brands, as well as Ziploc and Saran Wrap food storage products.

A 2011 profile of Caldrea in TwinCitiesBusiness magazine took an in-depth look at the company's research and development process in identifying and creating new scents for products.

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