Top Companies Report

7. Access Business Group

July 2, 2008

Ada, MI
Sales: $5.6 billion


$5.6 billion (estimated) household, personal care and nutritional products. Corporate sales: $7.1 billion.

Key Personnel:

Al Koop, chief operating officer.

Chief Scientific Officer:

Dr. George Calvert, vice president, R&D/Q&A.

Chief Marketing Officer:

Candace Matthews.

Major Products:

Artistry color cosmetics and skin care, Time Defiance system and treatment products, E. Funkhouser New York cosmetics, L.O.C. multi-purpose cleaner, Dish Drops detergent, SA8 products.

New Products:

Time Defiance 3D Lifting Serum, Time Defiance Intensive Repair Daily, Essentials Skin Care and Color Kits, Creme L/X.


Skin care has been driving sales at the company, specifically in the anti-aging category including the Time Defiance system and treatment products. Access Business Group (ABG)’s contract manufacturing division produced more than 200 million personal care and home care products for its customer base in 2007.
According to parent company Alticor Inc., ABG recorded yet another strong performance in 2007, despite a weaker economic environment in the U.S. Particularly encouraging was the growth of third-party product development, manufacturing and logistics to $142.6 million, which marked a 12% gain over 2005. These outside sales and services are in addition to the products, packaging, printing, manufacturing and shipping ABG provides to its sibling companies, Amway and Quixtar.
Most recently, ABG won the World-Class Manufacturer award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Earlier in the year, ABG earned the Global Supply Chain Excellence Award at the 2006 Supply Chain Council Conference.