BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- At a ceremony presided by New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean Jr. and Berkeley Heights Mayor David A. Cohen, L'Oreal USA broke ground today for a new state-of the-art office facility at Connell Corporate Park in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. The new building, which is scheduled to open in 2009, will house approximately 400 L'Oreal USA employees and will function as L'Oreal USA's New Jersey headquarters. L'Oreal USA's corporate headquarters will remain in New York. The new facility reflects L'Oreal USA's determination to provide the best possible working environment for its employees. The building will enable L'Oreal USA to bring together under one roof groups of employees that are currently sited in different New Jersey locations, allowing for better communication, teamwork, team spirit, and more efficient work practices. The new offices will feature formal and informal working spaces, the latest in modern technology, and a host of other features that will encourage creativity and collaboration among all employees. "These new offices represent our commitment to providing our employees with an atmosphere that is open, respectful and that fosters creativity and innovation," said Laurent Attal, President and CEO, L'Oreal USA. "L'Oreal's success relies on our ability to build for the future in a way that meets the needs of our people." The new facility will also have a strong, environmentally-friendly focus with an emphasis on sustainable development. The open-plan design will maximize natural light and the use of 'green' raw materials while minimizing the effect on the environment. The building, which will be GOLD LEED certified, will feature energy-saving systems throughout, including heating, air-conditioning and lighting that can be individually controlled, and furniture and other fixtures made from recycled and locally-sourced materials. The broader Connell Corporate Park campus will contain a fitness center and hotel and conference facilities, as well as an outdoor wooded area with features such as walking paths and streams, all in a location that is close to transport, the airport and other L'Oreal USA facilities. "In every sense, L'Oreal USA is committed to being a great place to work for employees," said David Greenberg, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, L'Oreal USA. "This new complex embodies that commitment; an outstanding corporate environment that is convenient, modern and represents the latest thinking in collaborative, team-oriented and sustainable office design." In the development of this project, L'Oreal USA received strong support from the Connell Corporation, the Turner Construction Corporation, and also from both the State of New Jersey and the Township of Berkeley Heights. "We welcome L'Oreal USA into the Berkeley Heights family," said David A. Cohen, Mayor of the Township of Berkeley Heights. "We have made a determined effort to attract companies of the caliber of L'Oreal USA, and the company's decision to become part of our community will benefit the township and the residents of Berkeley Heights for years to come." These New Jersey headquarters also further build on L'Oreal USA's long relationship with the state. This relationship began in 1953 when L'Oreal USA's forerunner, Cosmair, Inc, opened in the United States to become the exclusive U.S. licensee for the L'Oreal Group. Cosmair's founding headquarters were in Clark, New Jersey, with a staff of just twenty. Half a century later, L'Oreal USA now has manufacturing, distribution, research and development, and other operations in various New Jersey locations. The total number of L'Oreal USA employees in New Jersey now stands at over 2,800. "The State of New Jersey is proud to support our strong and ongoing relationship with L'Oreal USA," said New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean Jr. "We are delighted that L'Oreal USA has again made a further investment in a major corporate facility here. We look forward to an even more fruitful collaboration between the State of New Jersey and L'Oreal USA in the future." ABOUT L'OREAL USA L'Oreal USA, headquartered in New York City, with 2006 sales of over $4 billion and 7,500 employees, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of L'Oreal SA, one of the world's leading beauty companies. In addition to corporate headquarters in New York, L'Oreal USA has Research and Development, Manufacturing and Distribution facilities across eight states in the U.S., including New Jersey, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Colorado and Texas. L'Oreal's impressive portfolio of brands includes Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Shu Uemura, L'Oreal Paris, Garnier, Vichy, Biotherm, La Roche-Posay, L'Oreal Professionnel, L'Oreal Technique, Kerastase and The Body Shop. The U.S. is the base for the product development, international marketing and advertising for L'Oreal's nine American brands: Maybelline New York, Soft-Sheen.Carson, Kiehl's Since 1851, Ralph Lauren, Redken 5th Avenue NYC, Matrix, Mizani, PureOlogy and SkinCeuticals.
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