If you think beauty is on the outside, perhaps Kolmar Labs Group can help. The company (formerly known as Outsourcing Services Group) is a contract manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products, as well as over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. It operates through two subsidiaries: Kolmar Laboratories, which makes cosmetics, bath and hair products, and OTC health products; and Acupac Packaging, a specialty manufacturer focused on single-use consumer products, such as moist towelettes, sample packs, and dissolvable thin films (for example, breath strips). Both companies assist clients with the entire product development process, from conceptualization and formulation to testing, packaging, and distribution.
The company kept its roots firmly planted in Port Jervis, New York, thanks to a $4 million incentives deal from Empire State Development, a New York state agency that provides loans, grants, and other financial assistance to businesses, in mid-2010. A local assemblywoman and community organization also pitched in $500,000. The funds are being used to upgrade Kolmar's machinery and facilities in Port Jervis and for other working capital expenses. With the state aid in its vault, Kolmar and its board have committed to invest $23 million in the company through 2013. The financial package ended years of speculation about Kolmar relocating its operations out of state. It also helped to secure jobs in New York state as the US recovers from a deep recession. Kolmar has operated in Port Jervis since the 1940s. The company was established in 1921. – less