Unilever U.S. consolidates several offices
Unilever U.S. consolidates several offices affecting more than 800 employees. Move aimed at enabling company to better compete in the United States marketplace.
Unilever U.S. announced today it is consolidating some of its offices as part of the company's plan to continue strengthening its U.S.-based operations, enabling it to better compete in the marketplace. This decision affects more than 800 employees working in Connecticut and Illinois.
"This is the next step in strengthening our market position in the US," said Michael B. Polk, president of Unilever U.S. "Our broad footprint spanning both foods and home and personal care categories is a real enabler for growth. By moving our businesses closer together we are creating an environment that will unlock the power of our people and allow us to better leverage what differentiates us in the marketplace."
The changes centralize the US offices into two primary East Coast locations – Englewood Cliffs, NJ and Trumbull, CT. Englewood Cliffs, NJ will serve as the company’s US and Americas regional headquarters, bringing together a majority of Unilever’s business teams. As a result the Greenwich, CT office will close.
The present downtown Chicago office will remain the primary site for the company’s hair and deodorant business teams, allowing the company to retain a strong Midwest presence.
Unilever today also announced a series of activities to realign its home and personal care research and development organization. As part of this realignment, the Illinois-based R&D location at Rolling Meadows will close, and its deodorants and hair regional technology centers will be relocated to the company's Trumbull office.
The Trumbull location will serve as Unilever US's home-base for most of its logistics and Home and Personal Care research and development activities. Some US employees, who are part of the logistics groups currently working in Lisle, IL and Clinton, CT, will also relocate to Trumbull. According to Polk these moves allow Unilever to "establish a world-class logistics and R&D center at our Trumbull site."
"We are making significant investments in both our Trumbull and Englewood Cliffs facilities to enable our expansion. These moves will help us to drive operational excellence, enable more nimble decision making and greater collaboration of our brands," said Polk. "At the same time we recognize that change is never easy and we are sensitive that these decisions will present challenges to some of our employees. However, we believe that these are the best options for our people and our business in the long term."
The moves will begin by the end of 2007 and are expected to be completed sometime in 2008.
Unilever [NYSE: UL, UN], one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, aims to add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Each day, around the world, consumers make 150 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. The company has a portfolio of brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.
In the United States these brands include recognized names such as: Axe, "all," Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Lipton, Knorr, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Snuggle, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever in the United States employs approximately 15 000 people in 66 office and manufacturing sites in 24 states and Puerto Rico– generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2005
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