ATLANTA, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Putting Americans back to work is a beautiful thing. No one knows this better than Astral Brands, Inc., parent company to health and beauty icons like Pur Minerals, Aloette Cosmetics and CosMedix Cosmeceuticals. For over 30 years, brands under the Atlanta-based beauty leader have created thousands of American jobs—in manufacturing, product development, sales and more. When converted to man-hours, Astral Brands provides more than 500,000 hours of work each year to Americans.
"The decision to keep jobs in America impacts every one of us," says Astral CEO JuE Wong. "The best way to fight our way out of the current economic challenge is for companies to make a conscious decision not to shortchange Americans and hence jeopardize our children's future. This is very personal."
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing employs over 18 million Americans, accounting for roughly one in six private sector jobs. However, the influx of foreign alternatives means fewer and fewer big box stores are stocking their shelves with goods made in the U.S.A.—a discovery highlighted in the ABC World News Tonight special report, "Made in America."
The weeklong special followed a typical American family as they struggled to make over their home using only American-made goods. The segment exposed the dearth of domestically made items in some of the country's most popular retail outlets and sparked a national interest in all things "made in the U.S.A."
"While 'Made in America' focused primarily on home goods, the same rules apply to all manufactured goods, including makeup and skin care," explains Wong. "As consumers and producers, we have to ask ourselves: are we doing what we can to support the American economy?
Supporting Wong's argument are proprietary formulas and cutting-edge technology found throughout Astral Brands. Proven to transform the skin's appearance and correct common concerns, these beauty breakthroughs wouldn't have existed without American industry and innovation.
About Astral Brands
Astral Brands is an innovator in the creation and management of prestige beauty brands. With a portfolio that includes quality lifestyle brands like Pur Minerals, Aloette Cosmetics and CosMedix cosmeceuticals, Astral Brands combines scientifically advanced technology with nature-based ingredients to deliver memorable, life-enriching experiences through beauty.
SOURCE Astral Brands