• The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. plans to expand its international corporate headquarters, and has leased new office space in Lake Success, NY where it plans to relocate its existing 250 Long Island-based employees and create more than 100 new jobs during the next 10 years.
Hain is the company behind well-known skin care brands including Jason, Zia Natural Skincare,
Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica and Queen Helene as well as Martha Stewart Clean and other monikers in the food industry.
With tax incentives provided by the State of New York through Empire State Development and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, Hain Celestial has committed to investing $10 million as part of its office relocation and expansion of its operations.
“Nearly 20 years ago, I founded Hain Celestial as a start-up company on Long Island with a handful of employees. By 2001 we had 120 employees and over $400 million in sales when we moved to our present location,” said Irwin D. Simon, founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial. “As a proud resident New Yorker, I am pleased to be increasing our commitment to the region with the expansion of our international corporate headquarters complete with state-of-the art sustainable features.”
According to Simon, the design and layout of the new facility will provide Hain with a “nurturing environment to foster the next level of growth for the company.”
Hain Celestial employs approximately 4,000 employees worldwide with approximately 1,200 in the US. The firm’s revenue, which was $400 million in 2001, is expected to reach approximately $1.4 billion by its June 30, 2012 fiscal year end.
GPC Opens New Solutions Center
The center was built to provide GPC technical and research departments with a state-of-the-art kitchen (above), lab and presentation area to better serve its customers. The Solutions Center will also be used to facilitate customer training sessions.
“Our goal is to provide innovative, practical solutions to our customers every day,” said Brian Tompoles, VP of sales. “Our customers deserve accurate and timely answers to technical questions and the new Solutions Center will allow GPC to not only answer those questions, but also help provide a solution to meet their goals.”
Grain Processing Corporation is a manufacturer of grain-based products including food, pharmaceutical and personal care starches, maltodextrins and corn syrup solids, USP ethyl alcohol, industrial starches and animal nutritional ingredients.
Industry Vet Forms New Marketing Firm
• Marketing-in-Transition, which has offices in West Palm, FL and Union, NJ, is a new firm that specializes in helping small and mid-size businesses increase their sales and profits through a creative and thorough marketing plan that includes both traditional and digital marketing.
According to company founder Steven Nussbaum—an industry veteran whose resume includes director of marketing at O. Berk—Marketing-in-Transition is unique because it can “provide the total plan after a careful analysis of the client’s business, then the client chooses the mix and the order of priorities that would make the most impact fast and most economically.”
Traditional marketing includes corporate branding, market planning and analysis, market research, product introductions, sales literature, catalogs, sales promotion, trade show exhibits, lead generation, direct mail, telemarketing, advertising and publicity. Digital marketing includes website analysis and development, optimization and keyword programs, email marketing, online alliances, LinkedIn.com, Salesforce.com and other social media sites.
But according to Nussbaum, not every business needs every marketing application and not every business needs Facebook or MySpace. But what every business does need is a mix of both the traditional and the digital marketing tools to stay current and relevant in today’s fast pace environment.
“Every business does need to differentiate itself from competition and from the ‘noise’ in the marketplace,” he said.
More info: 973-222-8122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Primex Wins Innovation Award
• Primex has been awarded The Icelandic Innovation Award for2012.The award, which is given by The Icelandic Centre for Research-Rannis, Promote Iceland, Innovation Center Iceland and The New Business Venture Fund, is presentedto a company that has surpassed all others in development of a product or a service that is based on science and researchandhas been successful in the marketplace. Special attentionis on young, innovative companies with business models based on creative technique and ideaswith greatdemand on science andknowledge.
Primex EHF is the manufacturer of chitosan, which is manufactured from shrimp shell. The shrimp are harvested out of the North Atlantic Ocean, near the Arctic Circle, making them a very pure and clean material. ChitoClear and LipoSan Ultra are being utilizedin many applications and markets around the world such as wound healing, nutritional supplements, agriculture, bioremediation, textiles and cosmetics and personal care.
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WFFC Unveils New Brand ID For 30th Anniversary
• Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce (WFFC), founded in 1982, is celebrating 30 years of commitment to the professional development of women in the fragrance and flavor industry, and in honor of this momentous occasion, the group is unveiling a new, contemporary brand identity and tagline. The new tagline, “Educating, Engaging, Empowering,” symbolizes the WFFC’s ongoing mission, according to the organization.
“The organization hopes to attract new members through its growing chapters in New Jersey, New York, Cincinnati, the UK, as well as the soon-to-be Chicago chapter. Our new identity and tagline demonstrate our commitment to evolve and expand our reach. We are an organization devoted to our members. Through this initiative, we trust our ideas and vision will be translated into actions,” said WFFC president Celine Roche.
In other news, WFFC has announced its 2012 board of directors for the Cincinnati Chapter. The officers are: president– Carrie Jaeger (Wild Flavors), VP–Karen DeWitt (Skidmore Sales and Distributing) and secretary and treasurer-Inke Sexton (Cargill, Inc.). The board members include: Dolores Avezzano (Kerry Ingredients & Flavours), Jamie Crosby (Givaudan), Lois Ehlers (Givaudan), Megan Fisher (Kerry Ingredients & Flavours), Kathy Miller (Flavor Systems International), Melissa Pfenning (Kerry Ingredients & Flavours), Meg Pineault (independent), and Lisa Sanders (Flavor Systems International).
More info: www.wffc.org
DeWolf Completes Acquisition Of Tempo Canada
• DeWolf Chemical, Inc. and Glenn Corporation completed the acquisition and operational integration of Canadian specialty chemical distributor Tempo Canada Inc.
With the completion of this acquisition The DeWolf Companies (DeWolf Chemical, Inc.–Glenn Corporation– Tempo Canada) now offer a single channel to the personal care, color cosmetics and HI&I markets throughout North America, according to the company. This extension of its already substantial market reach and depth will permit the organization to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities that exist within the Canadian beauty care and HI&I sectors.
Tempo Canada will retain its respected brand and identity developed over 28 years of business. The company will continue to operate as an autonomous business entity with its own sales, supply chain and customer service teams strategically focused on the Canadian marketplace. Operations will continue from existing offices and facilities headquartered in Oakville, Ontario (within the Greater Toronto Area), and regional office in Montreal, Quebec. This model is consistent with the operational approach taken by DeWolf Chemical and Glenn Corporation today.
This acquisition will strengthen Tempo’s position and offering in the Canadian marketplace by leveraging on DeWolf’s and Glenn’s market model, infrastructural efficiencies, enterprise business systems and operational best practices, according to the company.
More info: www.dewolfchem.com, www.glenncorp.com or www.tempo.ca
Rutgers Skin Research Center Celebrates Year Anniversary
• On April 19, Center for Dermal Research (CDR) hosted its first year anniversary event and champagne reception—Skin Care: Developments on the Horizon—at its headquarters in the LifeSciences building in Piscataway, NJ on the Rutgers Busch campus.
After just one year of operation, the CDR at the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM) has become the premier dermatopharmaceutics research center in New Jersey. It has 20 prominent members from the skin care industry, including Avon, Johnson & Johnson and Lonza, as well as individual members.
“New Jersey is the place to be for our industry,” said director Bozena Michniak-Kohn, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and CDR founder.“We hope to continue to attract the best talent to our Center and to grow, as the science develops. The last decade has been explosive for skin care research.”
In other news, the Rutgers University Student Employment Office selected Dr. Michniak-Kohn as the 2012 Supervisor of the Year for National Student Employment Week.
“I’m honored to accept this award,” said Dr. Michniak-Kohn. “Students are the reason why we are all here and I enjoy working with them. “