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L'Oréal USA welcomed Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear at its Florence, Kentucky, manufacturing plant for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the expansion of the 560,000-square-foot facility there. The proposed plant expansion will include renovations to the existing plant, new construction and the purchase of new equipment.
The plant currently employs more two hundred full-time workers who produce 165 million units of Garnier Fructis, L'Oréal Paris and Soft Sheen-Carson shampoo, conditioner and styling products each year. The company estimates that the 110,000 square foot plant expansion will create more than 200 new jobs over the next three years.
"L’Oréal's business is growing globally, and the expansion will enable us to meet increased consumer demand for the popular hair care brands we are producing in Kentucky," said Eric Wolff, plant manager. "The Florence plant is a center of manufacturing excellence for the L’Oréal Group, and the decision to expand U.S. production here will result in significant economic benefit for Kentuckians."
L’Oréal also is committed to sustainable and responsible growth and has implemented numerous initiatives to reduce its C02 emissions, consumption of water and waste generation. Last year the Florence plant announced an innovative "Wall to Wall" component supply program, which located its shampoo component supplier, Alpla, in the same factory where the Garnier Fructis shampoos and conditioners are produced. The initiative reduced environmental impacts including freight, CO2 emissions, waste and costs. The plant has also implemented a vessel cleaning optimization program, called OptiCIP, which has reduced the amount of water used for vessel washing per unit of finished product by 43%. This program alone equates to an overall 18% reduction in total water consumption since 2005.