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NORWAY, IOWA (April 12, 2004) - Frontier Natural Products Co-op announced today that it is moving its manufacturing facility for Aura Cacia brand aromatherapy products from Weaverville, California, to Urbana, Iowa. Frontier will relocate all Aura Cacia manufacturing to a 22,500 square-foot production facility just 30 miles from the company headquarters in Norway, Iowa.
With rapidly increasing sales and numerous product additions, Aura Cacia is rapidly outgrowing its current 12,500 square-foot facility in Weaverville. The move will nearly double manufacturing square footage and make use of the presently empty facility in Urbana, which was vacated in May 2001, after Frontier sold their organic coffee business to Green Mountain.
"This move will allow us to grow and expand our quality line of Aura Cacia natural aromatherapy personal care products," says Frontier CEO Tony Bedard. "It will remedy the current lack of manufacturing space in Weaverville and allow Aura Cacia to expand into a wider range of products by utilizing the extensive production, R & D and quality assurance expertise available at the nearby Norway facility."
Frontier currently employs 23 people in the Weaverville, CA facility. Regular employees will be offered positions in the new Iowa location or a severance package. For those employees who choose to stay in Weaverville, Frontier will also provide employee assistance in relocating to new positions in the area.
"Aura Cacia was started in Weaverville in 1981. Following Frontier's acquisition of the brand in 1993, we built a new building there and grew the business over the years. Today--with a large facility available just a few miles from company headquarters to support our desire to grow and develop new products--we believe this move is in the best interests of the Aura Cacia brand and our member owners," says Bedard.
Frontier expects to be begin manufacturing at the Urbana facility in early May and anticipates little or no interruption in production during the transition.
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Aura Cacia® Aromatherapy
Aura Cacia provides consumers with personal-care products made with 100% pure essential oils. Aura Cacia® fulfills consumers' desires for comfort, health and safety in personal care products by combining the benefits of aromatherapy with practical products that can be used every day by the whole family. A sister brand, Aura Cacia Organics®, offers an extensive selection of organic aromatherapy products. Aura Cacia and Aura Cacia Organics are brands of Frontier Natural Products Co-op™. Find out more about Aura Cacia at www.auracacia.com.
Frontier Natural Products Co-op™
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at www.frontiercoop.com.