•Brynwood Partners VI L.P. has acquired
Santa Clarita, CA-based Newhall Laboratories through its wholly-owned subsidiary
Golden Sun Holdings, Inc. Terms of the
transaction were not disclosed.
Newhall, which markets personal care
brands including La Bella, Monkey Brains
and Gro Works, will operate as an independent platform company, according to
This acquisition represents Brynwood
VI’s third acquisition in the personal care
sector. Other acquisitions and investments
in the personal care space include J.B.
Williams Company, Inc., marketer of the
Aqua Velva, Lectric Shave, Brylcreem, Cepa-col and Williams Mug Soap brands and,
most recently, High Ridge Brands Co.
SCJ Earns 2011 Green Power
•SC Johnson has received a 2011 Green
Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The
award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as
solar photovoltaic (PV) or landfill gas.
SC Johnson, one of only two organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership
Award for the on-site generation of green
power, currently generates nearly 27 million kilowatt-hours (k Wh) of green power
annually from its landfill gas-powered turbine at its largest global plant, Waxdale, located in Sturtevant, WI. Additionally, the
company purchases nearly 35 million k Wh
of green power for its Bay City, MI plant.
Combined, SC Johnson uses more than 61
million k Wh of green power annually. The
company ranks No. 8 on EPA’s Top 20 On-site Generation list.
L’Oréal’s North Little Rock
Plant Adds Solar Power
•A new solar array at L’Oréal USA’s
North Little Rock, AR—the first renewable
energy solution of its kind in the state—is
now fully operational. The new 13 kilowatt (k W) solar installation will provide
18,000 kilowatt hours (k Wh) of electricity
annually which is sufficient to power
100% of the plant’s outdoor lighting requirements. The production site manufactures more than 269 million units of
Maybelline New York and L’Oréal Paris
cosmetics products each year.
This is the third solar powered, green
energy application for L’Oréal in the US.
WFFC Marks Another Year
of Charitable Contributions
•Even in these challenging times,
Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce
(WFFC) continues to support worthy
causes both inside and outside its industry
with charitable contributions.
To continue its support for the Bottomless Closet, WFFC held two clothing drives
this year during the January business
meeting and fall seminar. In addition,
WFFC made a monetary donation to support the Bottomless Closet’s efforts in providing interview skills, business clothing
and ongoing career development for the
economically disadvantaged women in
New York City.
Other significant contributions were
made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the
Red Cross and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
More info: www.wffc.org
Silab Honored for Innovation
•On Dec. 5 in Paris, the Institut National
de la Propriété Industrielle-French National Industrial Property Institute (NPI)
organized a ceremony to celebrate its 60th
anniversary and 20 years of trophies for innovation. This trophy rewards SMEs, who
place innovation at the very heart of their
growth strategy and who transform their
R&D works into industrial property.
most talented winners from among the
46 that have received awards over the last
20 years for their innovative strategy—
and Silab, a national and international
supplier of natural active ingredients to
the cosmetics industry, had the honor of
being elected the top winner in the
Kemin Holds Annual
•Kemin recently held its annual world-
wide scientific meeting in Des Moines with
250 employees from Asia, Europe, North
America and South America in attendance.
The event serves as an internal scientific
forum bringing together Kemin’s scientists
to review key research completed by the
company. The meeting included four-poster
sessions, featuring more than 100 scientific
posters, and 18 oral presentations. The
company also provides a day of training to
further develop skills and knowledge used
both in the lab and other areas.
More info: www.kemin.com
BASF To Shutter Surfactant
Operations in Washington, NJ
•BASF will transfer production of sur-
factants and other products manufactured
at its Washington, NJ site to Geismar, LA,
which is BASF’s largest integrated site in
The Washington site will continue to
manufacture products until operations in
Geismar are in full production. The site,
which has 60 employees and 15 contractors, will close by the end of 2014. It began
surfactant and polyol production in 1961.
BASF acquired the facility in 1970.
More info: www.basf.com
Signs Deal with Azelis
•In its quest to meet global specialty
hydrocarbon demand, Calumet Penreco
LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of