Today's Diversey has a rich legacy of businesses that were pioneers in the commercial, cleaning and hygiene business. Its roots begin in 1886, when S.C. Johnson founded his parquet floor business in Racine, Wisconsin. Not too long after, another of our legacy businesses, Diversey Corporation, was founded in 1923 in Chicago.
Both businesses continued to grow and thrive throughout the 20th century, serving customers around the world. In 1996, the Diversey business Corporation was acquired by Unilever to become DiverseyLever. Then, in 1997, the commercial and institutional portion of what was known as S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.Commercial Markets separated from its parent company to form S.C. Johnson Commercial Markets, Inc., which operated as Johnson Wax Professional.