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Florachem is proud to announce the purchase and development of its second manufacturing location supporting the company’s strategic expansion of its natural citrus ingredient product line.
Florachem is growing! We are expanding our team and capabilities with the addition of a second site located in Lakeland, FL while continuing to invest in our Jacksonville, FL headquarters. The new 10-acre campus in Lakeland will be built from the ground up in several phases. The new facility will ultimately add more than 80,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing capacity to Florachem’s existing footprint. The new facility is designed with the latest technology for the production of natural citrus flavor and fragrance ingredients. Additionally, it will significantly expand Florachem’s storage capacity by over 5,000 Tons.
“We are very focused on meeting our clients’ needs for exceptional natural, clean label ingredients and service. In order to meet those needs we are undergoing a major growth transformation as a company.” – Doug Burlen, Vice President – Commercial
“The new site gives us a blank canvas to build a completely new, modern, state of the art manufacturing facility with the latest separation technologies.” – Brandy Geiger, Director – Citrus Ingredients
Jon Leonard, Florachem President and CEO, commented, “We commissioned our Jacksonville headquarters as a brand-new facility in 2018 and we’ve been building a world-class team with many years of combined expertise in citrus and natural specialty ingredients. Now the addition of the Lakeland site builds on our capability as a leading independent citrus ingredients provider. Our expanded portfolio will include a broad range of high-quality citrus ingredients desired by our Flavor and Fragrance clients.”
The new Florachem campus is strategically located in Florida’s citrus belt with nearby access to major transportation lanes. Phase 1 of the project is expected to be complete with manufacturing to begin in Q4 of 2021. Along with the new site and capabilities, Florachem looks forward to adding approximately 20 new team members over several phases. “We care a lot about having a culture where our team enjoys coming to work and is proud of the products and the service we provide to our clients,” says Jon Leonard, CEO. “This is an opportunity to expand our team and build on that culture of providing world-class service to our customers.”
Florachem announces the appointment of Doug Burlen to the new role of Vice President – Commercial, where he will be leading all sales and procurement functions for the company.
Doug brings more than 25 years experience in commercial and strategic roles with particularly deep experience in the citrus flavor & fragrance industry. Prior to joining Florachem he was most recently with Firmenich where he held positions as Global Director – Citrus Procurement as well as Purchasing Director – Mergers & Acquisitions & Citrus Strategy. He also previously worked with Cargill where he was responsible for leading Cargill Flavors North America juice business.
“My entire career I have always been most motivated by building close relationships and identifying ways to create value for clients and suppliers. I’m super excited to have this opportunity to join the Florachem team and build on the company’s great legacy as a leader for more than 30 years in the manufacture and supply of natural & renewable citrus, pine and other plant–based ingredients.” – Doug Burlen, Vice President – Commercial
Florachem’s CEO, Jon Leonard commented: “The creation of this role and Doug’s addition is key to our future as we are executing on the next strategic growth cycle of our business. In partnership with Carmelina Capital Partners we will be significantly expanding our manufacturing capabilities and product portfolio to meet the growing demand for natural, clean label, sustainable ingredients.”
Florachem is pleased to announce the addition of Brandy Geiger to its senior management team as Director – Citrus Ingredients. Brandy has spent over 20 years in the creation and utilization of global flavor and fragrance ingredients with a specialty in citrus. She adds a well-rounded technical expertise to the expanding Florachem platform. Always willing to share her love of citrus, she has presented educational seminars both domestically and internationally.
“Presenting in China reinforced for me how universal citrus is for flavors and fragrances. I’m excited to be joining an innovative team focused on providing natural and sustainable ingredients for today’s evolving customer.” – Brandy Geiger, Director – Citrus Ingredients
“Having worked together before I knew she would be the right person to help guide our continued success and commercial growth.” – Jon Leonard, CEO
Brandy is a member of the WFFC and a University of Florida graduate in Chemistry. She has a strong technical background in product development, quality control and regulatory with previous experience at Kerry, Givaudan, Florida Chemical and Treatt.
Aerial View of Florachem’s Port Jax facility
Jacksonville, FL, September 27, 2018 – Florachem recently moved into its new global headquarters near the Port of Jacksonville. The new facility expands manufacturing, administrative, and research & development capabilities.
“Our new facility maximizes our core expertise in pine, citrus, and rosin resins while providing a platform for future growth,” says Jon Leonard, Florachem President and CEO. “Jacksonville is the Southeast’s premier intermodal port – a great location for business and family – our team is growing!”
Jacksonville, FL, May 1, 2018 – Florachem Corporation announced today that Jon Leonard has been appointed to the position of President and CEO. Leonard succeeds Steve McAlister, the company’s Founder and current CEO. McAlister will continue as a member of the Board of Directors and consult on the company’s strategic growth plans. The changes are effective May 1, 2018.
“We are very excited to have Jon join our team. He has an extensive background in citrus and pine derivatives, and strengthens our commitment to these markets. Jon will take over managing the daily operations of the company including the transition to our new headquarters and manufacturing plant near the Port of Jacksonville. We believe Jon and our new facility will have a tremendous impact on Florachem’s ability to better service our global customers going forward,” said McAlister. Continue reading
In January 2018, Florachem announced that we were moving our operations to a newly-constructed facility near the Port of Jacksonville. The new facility will be Florachem’s global headquarters andcombines the current Jacksonville offices and Mission, TX manufacturing plant. This investment enables Florachem to increase production capacities, augment capabilities, and streamline logistics to better serve our global customers. Continue reading