Greif, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of industrial packaging products, and containerboard and corrugated products worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Industrial Packaging, Paper Packaging, and Timber. The Industrial Packaging segment offers industrial packaging products, including steel and plastic drums, intermediate bulk containers, closure systems for industrial packaging products, transit protection products, and polycarbonate water bottles, as well as provides blending, filling, logistics, and warehousing services. It sells its products to customers in chemicals, paints and pigments, food and beverage, petroleum, industrial coatings, agriculture, and pharmaceutical and mineral industries.The Paper Packaging segment sells containerboard, corrugated sheets, and other corrugated products and multiwall bags to customers in North America. Its corrugated container products are used to ship various products, such as home appliances, small machinery, grocery products, building products, automotive components, books, and furniture; and industrial and consumer multiwall bag products are used to ship industrial and consumer products, such as seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, concrete, flour, sugar, feed, pet foods, popcorn, charcoal and salt, primarily for the agricultural, chemical, building products, and food industries. Timber segment engages in harvesting and regenerating its timber properties in the United States and Canada. As of October 31, 2008, Greif owned approximately 268,700 acres of timber properties in the United States and 27,450 acres of timber properties in Canada.
Zotos wants its products to be the hair and now to salon clients worldwide. Zotos International, a unit of Shiseido International Corporation and Japan's Shiseido Company Limited, makes hair care and hair color products and markets them to salons. Its name brands include JOICO, Blondie, Quantum, Bain de Terre, Nucleic-A, Naturelle, and Zotos. The firm also sells Decleor, CARITA, and Qi esthetic beauty and spa treatments. Products are sold through professional beauty supply stores and salons -- such as Armstrong McCall, Regis Corporation, and Sally Beauty's Beauty Systems Group -- as well as through online retailers. Shiseido acquired Zotos in 1988 from Conair Corporation.
Excel Storage Products, LP company's products include a large assortment of rack systems, including pallet racks, bulk storage solutions, archive storage racks, and retail display shelving. Excel Storage Products sells its products through a network of some 100 distributors. Excel Storage Products purchased the assets of United Steel Enterprises, which had gone bankrupt the year before, in 2004. A few years later the company acquired South Dakota's Prest Rack in late 2007 to expand its portfolio and extend its reach within the US.
In 1967 Graham Webb founded the international hair care company, which is now woven into Wella AG. The firm's roots are in hair care education. Its first Graham Webb Academy opened in London in 1981. The company now has academies in the US -- specifically the District of Columbia, Minnesota, and California. Along with its some dozen UK salons, Graham Webb makes hair care, body care, and cosmetics worldwide and sells them through licensed beauty salons, cosmetologists, and distributors. Wella AG bought Graham Webb in 2001. Procter & Gamble acquired Wella in 2004.
Founded in 1993, McGregor is a European fashion house that designs, markets, distributes, and sells high-end men's, women's, and children's apparel through thousands of independent multibrand shops in many countries in Europe and the Middle East. Its most well-known brand, McGregor, is also sold through its owned and franchised McGregor Shops and more than 100 branches located inside leading European department stores. Its Gaastra division designs, distributes, and sells sailing clothing in high-end men's fashion and sporting goods stores.
RHE Hatco Inc. company makes and markets western hats for men and women under iconic names such as Stetson, Resistol, and Charlie 1 Horse; it makes dress hats under the Dobbs label. In August 2009, the hat manufacturer was acquired by an affiliate of Pro Equine Group, whose expertise lies in other cowboy accoutrements, such as saddles, ropes, and protective legwear for horses. Previous owner Arena Brands had been shedding its stable of products, such as Imperial Headwear and Montana Silversmiths, when Pro Equine picked up the longtime hat makers.
Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. was founded in 1972 by Sidney Frank who pioneered the use of promotional parties to directly market specialty drinks to consumers. Sidney Frank Importing company imports and distributes specialty liquors in the US. Its offerings include the herbal concoction known as Jagermeister (35% alcohol), St. Vivant Armagnac, and Barenjager Honey Liqueur. The company also helped establish France's Grey Goose vodka as a premium brand in the US before selling its rights to Bacardi.
The Avon lady has had her foot in the door in the UK since 1959, making the country one of the largest direct-selling markets for parent Avon Products. Avon has become one of the top handful of beauty brands in the country. Some 160,000 independent sales reps sell cosmetics directly to customers at home parties and work get-togethers. The company's catalog is distributed every three weeks to nearly 8 million potential customers. Avon Cosmetics' distribution center, located in Corby, processes about 10,000 orders daily. The company banned animal-testing of its products in 1989. To spur sales, the company has enlisted the help of industry professionals.
ABCO, founded in 1990, was acquired by Jami (office furniture holding company) in 1995. Jami sold the company to JSJ Corporation in 2008, and ABCO became a unit of JSJ's izzydesign business. ABCO Office Furniture offers mid-market solutions for a variety of corporate, institutional and educational applications with a broad product offering of workstations/desking, educational workstations, conference tables, training tables, multipurpose tables, stack seating, office panels, folding tables and folding chairs. An extensive fabric and finish palette allows compatibility with any setting.
Baxter of California is embraced worldwide by well-groomed male Baby Boomers. Named for Baxter Finley, who founded the company in the mid-1960s and sold it to president and CEO Jean-Pierre Mastey in 2000, the firm makes men's grooming products for shaving, skin care, anti-aging, and hair and body. It's one of the first personal care products companies to cater exclusively to men. Baxter of California products are sold in spas, salons, and specialty stores such as American Male and the UK's House of Fraser. The company rounds out its personal care products with apparel, candles, and grooming accessories.
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