WILTON, Conn. -- A major consumer goods company will be making Stamford its North American headquarters in the coming year. Henkel Consumer Goods -- whose brands include Dial, Soft Scrub and Purex, among others -- recently announced its lease of 135,000 square feet of office space at 200 Elm St. in downtown Stamford.
The company notes that the move sets the stage for significant expansion. Its current headquarters is in Scottsdale, Ariz. The relocation is set to begin in the second quarter of 2017 and should be complete by early 2018.
"We are pleased to be able to provide our employees with a workspace in a dynamic city that offers the best of urban culture combined with the convenience of easy transportation and a high quality of life," said Jens-Martin Schwaerzler, president of Henkel Consumer Goods North America.
"Our new facility at 200 Elm St. will showcase a forward- thinking office design, fostering a high level of creativity and collaboration, which are fundamental for our growth and success as a thriving consumer goods business."
In September, the company also acquired Wilton-based Sun Products, which was honored as a "2016 Top Workplace" in Connecticut. It's the maker of all, Sun and Snuggle.
The move to Stamford is a big step toward fully integrating Henkel and Sun Products operations. A spokeswoman for Henkel told Daily Voice that the Wilton employees will also relocate to the new facility, sometime in the second or third quarter of 2017.
"The city welcomes Henkel's relocation from Arizona and its consumer goods operations to Stamford," noted Thomas Madden, director of economic development.
"The move of their consumer goods headquarters makes sense both for the purpose of unlocking tremendous access to resources in the area and to have a cohesive leadership team here in Connecticut. We are looking forward to working with Henkel and building a new future together."
The move to Stamford is a $50 million initiative with a goal of creating many new jobs. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development is providing financial support through the First Five Plus program.
Schwaerzler continued, "We wish to thank our valued partners, Building and Land Technology and CBRE commercial real estate firms, for their robust efforts in securing this outstanding office space to house our new, expanded business in Connecticut, a state with which we have a long-standing and productive partnership."