MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Schwan Cosmetics USA officials announced Wednesday that the company is consolidating its U.S. operations by building a new facility here.
The plant will merge its Cosmolab facility in Lewisburg, Tenn., and its Schwan Cosmetics USA facility in Piscataway, N.J.
The announcement represents an investment of $38 million and is expected to create 250 new jobs over the next five years. The total number of people employed will eventually reach Total 450, as more than 200 jobs will transfer from the Lewisburg facility, company officials said.
The 250 new jobs include manufacturing and office positions.
“Schwan Cosmetics, the leading private label manufacturer of cosmetic pencils and products worldwide, is very pleased to announce our investment in a state-of-the-art facility in Murfreesboro,” said Barbara Bauer-Kropf, executive vice president of sales for Schwan Cosmetics.
“Both our New Jersey and Tennessee manufacturing facilities will be consolidated into this 173,000-square-foot high-tech site,” she said. “The new Schwan Cosmetics USA will be a full service, private label supplier continuing to build on Schwan Cosmetics’ heritage of developing and introducing innovative, market-driven color cosmetics. Our plan is to open the new campus during the first half of 2015.”
Rutherford County leaders welcomed the news, saying the move is just another example of how efforts to maintain a business-friendly environment continue to bring strong returns.
“Once again, Rutherford County is chosen for a location because of existing infrastructure, a strong, capable workforce, and our quality of life,” Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg said. “I am hopeful many of the New Jersey employees will relocate and choose Tennessee as their new home. I welcome our new neighbor and wish them success.”
Bill Jones from Destination Rutherford agreed, saying local business leaders are “ecstatic about the opportunity to house the company headquarters and manufacturing facility for Schwan Cosmetics.
“This is additional testament to our thriving business community, and we look forward to a successful partnership,” said Jones, who serves as chairman of Destination Rutherford, an arm of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
Founded in 1855, the Schwan-Stabilo group is a family owned company with more than 4,400 employees worldwide with headquarters in Heroldsberg, Germany.
In addition to the cosmetic division, the group is considered a leading player in stationary writing instruments and special outdoor equipment. Schwan Cosmetics counts internationally renowned cosmetics companies among its customers.
To apply for a position with Schwan Cosmetics, contact HRSchwanCosmetics@cosmolab.com.
For more information about the company, visit www.schwancosmetics.com.