In January, Body Blue added another high-speed liquid line for liquid, cream and gel-type products. In March, Body Blue started up a second state-of-the-art stick line for manufacturing antiperspirants, deodorants, hair sticks, diaper rash products, cocoa butter, analgesics and other stick products.
“It is engineered to be the fastest stick line in the world,” said Duncan Coopland, vice president, sales and marketing. “This line also incorporates over 40 tons of cooling capacity.”
In addition to expanding product capacity, the company has also expanded its support services. For example, Body Blue now boasts five new QA laboratories, a new micro laboratory and an expanded R&D laboratory facility for new product developments, testing, samples and more.
The company has tripled the capacity of its USP-purified water system with sanitary stainless distribution loop. Body Blue now has two manufacturing facilities and one distribution and fulfillment center, totaling more than 160,000 sq. ft. The company is also a registered drug facility with both the FDA and Health Canada and has held these licenses since 1997.
More improvements are on the way, according to David Elliott, president and chief executive officer. By the second quarter of 2003, an additional 50,000 sq. ft. building with another new state-of-the-art high speed stick line and liquid lines will be in service.