A Humble Beginning
Neither William Procter nor James Gamble ever planned to settle in Cincinnati. Although the city was a busy center of commerce and industry in the early nineteenth century, William, emigrating from England, and James, incoming from Ireland, were headed beyond west. Despite their intentions, however, both men finished their travels when they arrived at the Queen City of the West – William, to care for his in poor health wife Martha, who soon died, and James, to seek medical attention for him. William Procter quickly established himself as a candle maker. James Gamble apprenticed himself to a soap maker. The two might never have met had they not married sisters, Olivia and Elizabeth Norris, whose father convinced his new sons-in-law to become business partners. In 1837, as a result of Alexander Norris’ suggestion, a bold new enterprise was born: Procter & Gamble. Also, here in England in 1837, Thomas Hedley & Co. was established in Newcastle-upon-Tyne making soap and candles. The company bought the rights to the word ‘Fairy’ and launched the first all-purpose soap in 1898. Fairy remains one of the best-known household product names to this day. In 1930, P&G established its first overseas subsidiary with the acquisition of Thomas Hedley & Co. Ltd. Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Whisper, Pantene, Folgers, Charmin, Downy, Lenor, Iams, Crest, Oral-B, Actonel, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Gillette, and Braun. The P&G community consists of almost 140,000 employees working in over 80 countries worldwide. Our History in PakistanProcter & Gamble Pakistan, headquartered in Karachi, commence operations in Pakistan in 1991.The goal was to become the finest global consumer goods company operating locally in Pakistan. To fulfill this...
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