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FLWIB Press Release


May 31, 2021
Contact: Michael Woloson
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board recognizes Henkel as
“Finger Lakes Hires Business of the Week

Geneva, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announces today that Henkel, Geneva, New York is “Finger Lakes Hires Business of the Week”. Finger Lakes Hires promotes businesses in need of workers by promoting their workforce culture and opportunities. “The Finger Lakes region offers excellent career opportunities for working families,” said Lynn Freid, FLWIB Director. “Finger Lakes Hires” is designed to highlight the unique stories and business cultures of companies in the Finger Lakes every day for one week.  “We’re excited to work with Henkel this week.” Freid added.

Henkel History
Henkel’s story begins in 1876 with a twenty-eight-year-old merchant who was interested in science: Fritz Henkel. On September 26, 1876, Fritz and two partners founded the company Henkel & Cie in Aachen, Germany and marketed their first product, a universal detergent based on silicate. Over the years the company has grown into a leading manufacturer of well-known beauty care brands like Dial® soap, Schwarzkopf, Alterna, Kenra, Pravana, Sexy Hair, Joico and Zotos hair products, and others. In 2017, Henkel successfully closed the acquisition of Zotos International Inc., the North American Hair Professional business of Shiseido Company, Limited. In 2020 the company announced a $23 million investment in its North American manufacturing facilities. This major investment has provided new equipment and a series of improvements that will support additional production of Dial® liquid hand soap and hand sanitizers at its Geneva, NY and West Hazleton, PA sites.

 “We are thrilled to announce a supply expansion of essential products in North America,” said Doug Parkinson, Vice President of Operations at Henkel’s Geneva facility. “It’s not only a win-win for our business; it will support our local job and economic growth. Investing in Dial will provide consumers and businesses with much needed home and personal hygiene products.”

Michael Manikowski, Executive Director of Ontario County Office of Economic Development (OED) said “Ontario County OED is pleased to learn of Henkel’s participation in the Finger Lakes Hires Program. As one of our major manufacturers, Henkel has increasing needs for new hires. Featuring their company culture, benefits and employee growth opportunities in this way, will help them attract new candidates for employment. We are grateful for this initiative created by the Finger Lakes WIB.” Currently there are over sixty openings ranging from Maintenance Mechanics to Material Handlers to Warehouse Expeditors.  Benefits range from an Employee Share Program to the Henkel Learning Hub, an on-line platform facilitates learning program where employees can access all training available at Henkel. 5,500+ classroom and digital learning resources, including e-learnings, webinars, and Virtual Instructor-Led Trainings.  Learning whenever and wherever employees want!  

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