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Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble was created by two sons-in-law — William Procter, a candle maker, and James Gamble, a soap maker — in 1837. The two men married sisters , and when their father-in-law, Alexander Norris, saw that they were competing for the same raw materials, he suggested they team up. The company was founded in Cincinnati, at the time a meatpacking center , and therefore offered an abundant supply of the fat and oil they needed to make their soaps and candles. Today, Procter & Gamble still make s some soap products like Tide laundry detergent and Dawn dishwashing liquid , but they also make a variety of other products , including Pampers diapers, Bounty paper towels and Pringles chips.


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