Cosmetic Enterprises has been in business some 35 years, “formulating, manufacturing, and packaging cosmetics and pharmaceuticals,” according to the company site.
For large and small brands alike, the company makes skin care oils; skin care creams, balms, etc. for the face and body; hair care product (from shampoo to styling agents); sun care; bath salts; and OTC pharmaceuticals like acne treatments.
Now Cosmetic Enterprises is growing by adding a plant in Dayton, Nevada. There are advantages to opening a cosmetics manufacturing facility on the edge of desert. “It’s a unique area that’s friendly to manufacturing companies that other places may not want around,” Cary Richardson, vice president of business operations at Miles Construction (the local company handing the project), tells Duane Johnson of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
“You can put up a steel building without a whole bunch of landscaping and have things in your yard,” adds Richardson.
It’s more than that rural sort of live-and-let-live business environment, however, that inspired the company to choose Dayton. Cosmetic Enterprises president Rick Saute tells that same press outlet that the location was a particularly good fit for his company: “During our due diligence we reviewed many different regions and states and found Nevada to be manufacturing friendly that is centrally located to our existing customer base,” adding that “this made very sound personal and financial sense in our decision.”
Saute also believes that the area’s workforce, climate, and available tax benefits help make Dayton, Nevada, the right choice for the company’s expansion.
Building and buying
Cosmetic Enterprises will continue operating its facility in Pacoima, California. But, some of the people working at that location will move to the Nevada site. “After we made our decision to move to the area many of our existing employees have visited Carson City and Lyon Counties with favorable and positive comments for relocation,” Saute tells Johnson.
In Nevada, the company’s manufacturing will take place in a 60,000 square-foot former Oakley sunglass plant that has been vacant since 2012. That building is currently being converted for cosmetic production. Cosmetic Enterprises also purchased 18 acres of neighboring land. There are no current plans to develop that site, but further expansion is an eventuality.