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JUST IN: Coty Inc. to close Rocky Point plant in 2011


NEW YORK, NY, (NEWS RELEASE) - Coty, Inc. has announced that it will end production at its manufacturing plant in Rocky Point, N.C. by the summer of 2011. The decision to close Rocky Point manufacturing was originally announced in May, 2009. Since then, Coty has pursued the potential sale of the Rocky Point facility to a Third Party Manufacturer in hopes of minimizing total job losses. Unfortunately, no potential buyer has been able to conclude the purchase. However, Coty remains open to explore new opportunities if they should arise.

The distribution function located in the same facility is also in the closure process and is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2010.

“Our number one priority now is to help our employees make a successful transition to their next career opportunity. All full time Coty employees will receive a generous severance package, extensive career counseling though an on-site career center and other employment services as needed.” said Cary Newman, Senior Vice President and General Manager at the Rocky Point facility.

The manufacturing closure will affect approximately 330 Coty employees in addition to the 100 Distribution employees already in the lay off process.

The Rocky Point facility was acquired by Coty from Del Laboratories on December 31, 2007. The core manufacturing consists of Sally Hansen and New York Color Nail Color and Treatments, Sally Hansen Bleaches and Depilatories and the packaging of La Cross Beauty Tools. The closure of Manufacturing and Distribution in Rocky Point is part of a consolidation strategy to strengthen Coty’s ability to serve its North American customer base.

About Coty Inc.

Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry.

Today, Coty Inc. is a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of nearly $4 billion. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, innovation and creativity, Coty Inc. has developed an unrivaled portfolio of notable brands and delivers its innovative products to consumers in 90 markets worldwide.

The Coty Prestige brand portfolio is distributed in prestige and ultra-prestige stores and includes Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloé, Chopard, Davidoff, Jennifer Lopez, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, L.A.M.B. fragrance by Gwen Stefani, La Voce by Reneée Fleming , Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Nikos, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Wolfgang Joop.

The Coty Beauty brand portfolio is more widely distributed and includes adidas, ASTOR, Baby Phat, Beyoncé Knowles, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Esprit, Exclamation, Faith Hill, GUESS, Halle Berry, Jovan, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, La Cross, Lady Gaga, Miss Sporty, Nautica, N.Y.C. New York Color,Pierre Cardin¹, Playboy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Stetson, Tim McGraw, and Tonino Lamborghini.

Coty and Puig Fashion and Beauty S.A. have a strategic partnership for the distribution of the perfume lines of Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, Prada, Paco Rabanne, and Antonio Banderas in the United States and Canada.

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Kicking out Americans and hiring foreigners

Coty may be a good neighbor, but it is a multi-national company run and owned by Germans - you know, like the ones who bought Chrysler (worth $38 billion in 1998) and ran that company into the ground (sold for 1.35 billion in 2007) and all this before the recession hit in 2008. Foreign owned companies are not like domestic ones.

Coty will argue that it is a domestic company organized in America, but lets not fool ourselves. Filing papers in the County Clerk's Office doesn't turn apples into oranges. Coty is a feather in the cap of a German company called Benckiser. (See:

What is something to look at is Coty's desire to hire non-Americans for high paying jobs.

See this website:

Another thing is that Coty doesn't like playing by the rules here in America. Coty has been sued quite a few times dating back to the the 1950's for labor issues.

Hiring Coty Employees

I would love to hire anyone involved in Coty's manufacturing plant. I have a company that produces nail polishes here in the US and we want to keep it here. I am unsure if the nail polishes top coats and bases like NYC 271a and SH top+base where produced in this U.S. plant, but if they were and you are being let go and worked with these products. Reach out we are hiring!


I am one of the displaced workers and would like to know if you are still hiring.

are you still looking for

are you still looking for former coty employees?

what are you yapping about?

Coty is originally a European company, if they want to hire people NOT FROM THE USA it is their right to do so. Most of their sales are in Europe anyway.

Why are you dissing them, did you lose you job??

quote: Coty, Inc. is a century-old fragrance manufacturer that also produces cosmetics and other health and beauty aids. Founded by a Corsican who exploited his marketing knack to become, reputedly, the richest man in France, the company has experienced numerous changes in ownership and management over the years. Coty is now a subsidiary of Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH, a family-controlled German holding company. It is the world's leading manufacturer of mass-market fragrances and occasionally markets products of other manufacturers. Although New York-based, Coty registers the bulk of its sales in Western Europe. :unquote