OLAY is one of the successful brands of world famous Procter & Gamble Company. William Procter, emigrating from England, established himself as a candle maker in Cincinnati. James Gamble, an immigrant from Ireland, apprenticed himself as a soap maker. They might never have met had they not married sisters — Olivia and Elizabeth Norris. It was their father, Alexander Norris that noted his two new sons-in-law were competing for the same raw materials. He suggested they become business partners. What began as a family-run candle and soap business.
The partnership agreement was signed on October 31, 1837.