Top Companies Report

35. American Intl. Industries (AII)

June 29, 2012

Los Angeles, CA
Sales: $205 million (estimated).

Key Personnel: Zvi Ryzman, president; Terri Cooper, executive vice president; David Woolf, executive vice president of retail sales; Mark Moesta, vice president of professional sales.

Major Products: 5 Second Nail, Ardell Eyelashes, Andrea Eyelashes, BodyDrench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, IBD, It’s So Easy, Poshé, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail and Woody’s Quality Grooming; Nail Tek (acquisition).

New Products: China Glaze On Safari (Fall 2012), Hunger Games Capitol Colours, Electro Pop, Summer Neons; Clean+easy Tea Waxes; Body Drench Fruity Treats, Body Drench Lip Drench; Woody’s Hair and Body Wash, Just4Play Body Spray; Ardell Double Ups, Ardell Trio 3-in-1, Ardell Self-Adhesive; Duo Brush-On Adhesive, Duo Individual Lash Adhesive; SuperNail ProGel; EzFlow TruGel; IBD Nail Lacquer.

Comments: In the personal care business for more than 40 years, American International Industries (AII) boasts 800 employees worldwide, and is among the leading manufacturers and global distributors of innovative, beauty and skin care products for men and women. In fact, the privately-held Los Angeles-based firm sells products in 180 countries and manufactures more than 60 million beauty products a year.

Body Drench Fruity Treats are new from AII this year.

This April, AII boosted its beauty portfolio with the acquisition of Nail Tek (Prima Technologies, Inc.), a nail treatment and polish company headquartered in Nesconset, NY.

“The exceptional quality of the Nail Tek natural nail treatment and polish brand complements our current portfolio of nail brands, “ said Zvi Ryzman, president of AII. “We welcome Nail Tek to the AII family of products and look forward to continued expansion of its product offerings and distribution.”

Nail Tek brands include the widely recognized Nail Tek nail treatment brand including the Intensive Therapy product for weak nails, CITRA, Hydration Therapy nail treatments and color polish and other nail and hand care related products.

The company also made news headlines this year in regards to a collaboration with entertainment studio Lionsgate for its “Hunger Games” movies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, AII was going to sue Lionsgate for $10 million on the grounds that the contract between the two companies was improperly terminated after the brand started production of the nail polish; however, the companies sorted out the issue and the collection debuted in March 2012 with much anticipation to the nail polish marketplace. According to the company, in keeping with the themes and messages of the story, the collection of nail polish was inspired exclusively by one of the book’s distinct settings—the Capitol of the nation of Panem.


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