Manufacturing Awards 2012: Made in Marin: EO Products

Company: EO Products

15A Koch Rd., Corte Madera 94925, 415-945-1900,

Products: EO and EO for Everyone environmentally and health-conscious personal care products

Employees: 40

EO Products' proud "Made in Marin" line on the labels of its line of personal care products almost had to be rewritten as the company considered whether growing locally still made economic sense for a consumer products maker.

But now the September target is looming for an expansion move to a higher-capacity plant twice as large in San Rafael, thanks to active help from a commercial property owner, city and regional economic developers and public officials.

EO Products this spring signed a 10-year lease for a 40,000-square-foot industrial building at 90 Windward Way in San Rafael. [See "EO Products still 'made in Marin,'" May 28.] It was a sound stage for filmmaker George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic left vacant up until operations moved to San Francisco several years ago, then ILM protege Kerner Optical used the building similarly before it shut down last year.

"We're making forward progress, and we're trying to be as aggressive with the project schedule as we can," said Steve Fox, chief financial officer of EO.

[caption id="attachment_57786" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="EO Products' existing plant in Corte Madera"][/caption]

Completing the expansion quickly has become even more critical as the release earlier this year of the lower-cost, larger-sized EO for Everyone brand initially through Whole Foods Market has beat expectations. Recent releases of natural ingredients deodorant and breath spray also are selling well, he said.

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