August 22, 2017

Henkel relocates consumer goods HQ to Stamford

Building & Land Technology
Building & Land Technology
Henkel consumer goods North American headquarters in Stamford.
PHOTO | Steve Laschever
Henkel's North American headquarters is located in Rocky Hill, at One Henkel Way.

German consumer products giant Henkel said it has officially moved 425 employees into its new North American consumer goods headquarters in Stamford.

In 2016, Arizona-based Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. announced its relocation to Stamford, where it is combining operations with newly acquired Sun Products Corp. in Wilton Employees from Arizona and Wilton have relocated to the new facilities, Spokesman Daniel Carpenter said.

Operating globally from a base in Germany, the company's brands and technologies cover the business areas of laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive technologies. The company's overall North American headquarters remains in Rocky Hill.

In downtown Stamford, Henkel, which has received state aid under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's First Five Plus incentives program, now occupies more than 155,000 square feet on three floors of the building at 200 Elm St.

Jens-Martin Schwaerzler, president, Henkel Consumer Goods and general manager, Laundry & Home Care, North America, said the new location helps position the company for more growth.

With ongoing recruitment, the company expects more than 500 employees to work at this location over the course of 2018.

In addition to housing the company's beauty care and laundry and home care businesses, the newly-renovated space also will be home to administrative functions. Later in the year, a new research and development facility and customer experience center will open at the Stamford location to support the beauty care business.

Henkel, which has its corporate headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, has been in Connecticut since it acquired adhesive maker Loctite in the late 1990s. It relocated its North American headquarters from Pennsylvania to Rocky Hill in 2008, bringing approximately 80 jobs at the time, a number that has since grown to approximately 450.

Some of the company's products include Dial soaps, Purex laundry detergent, Right Guard antiperspirants, and Loctite adhesives.

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