Category Archives: International

We think of multi-language advertising as a modern phenomenon, but in fact at some companies it goes back decades – sometimes more than a century.   More than 100 years ago, Johnson & Johnson had an in-house Spanish-language advertising department that … Continue reading

To mark the centennial of World War I this year, Britain’s National Archives is putting more than a million pages of war diaries from WWI online, and museum exhibits, articles and commemorations are bringing that era — and how it … Continue reading


Fred Kilmer’s Working Vacation

Margaret on July 13th, 2012 at 12:16PM

While we generally think of benchmarking as a modern concept, it’s something that has been around for a long time. (The name has its origins in the horizontal markings surveyors chiseled into stone buildings centuries ago in Europe.)  For a … Continue reading

As regular readers of Kilmer House know, Johnson & Johnson has been making sterile sutures since the late 1880s. Until Johnson & Johnson became a global decentralized company, our operations were largely based in New Brunswick, N.J., the city in … Continue reading


125 Ways to Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary!

Margaret on January 11th, 2012 at 11:33AM

In 2011, Johnson & Johnson celebrated its 125th anniversary. When the Company began in 1886, the original 14 employees in our first building — that small former wallpaper factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey — could not have foreseen that … Continue reading


Around the World in 1908 with Johnson & Johnson

Margaret on December 12th, 2011 at 4:24PM

Johnson & Johnson opened its first international operating company in Canada in 1919, followed by one in the United Kingdom in 1924.  Our decentralized global expansion continued, and today the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies is made up of … Continue reading


Johnson & Johnson Goes to Canada

Margaret on June 26th, 2009 at 4:51PM

2009 is a big year for anniversaries at Johnson & Johnson.  For instance, it was 70 years ago (in 1939) that Dr. Philip Levine, working in our laboratories, discovered the human Rh factor.  It’s been 60 years (1949) since we … Continue reading