Beauty supply manufacturer product of merger

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor

Two companies from opposite ends of the country will become one in Clovis and city leaders were promising Wednesday it will mean hundreds of good paying jobs.

The company, Beauty Health and Science Innovations, will make and package cosmetic products; Sunscreen lotions, makeup and creams, liquids and supplements that promise to at least mask some of the effects of aging on skin.

Spokesman Dana Olson said CEO Brian Sperber has already purchased one of the manufacturers, COBE Chem Labs near Los Angeles, and will begin moving it soon after the deal is sealed in Clovis. The other, Z. Bigatti near Minneapolis, will arrive later, he said, and produce under the BHSI masthead for some major retailers.

COBE and Z. Bigatti are an odd combination of east meets west and everyday versus expensive.

COBE manufacturers and packages affordable skin and hair care products as well as over-the-counter drugs including aloe vera drinks in a 60,000-square-foot facility, according to its website. Its products range for acne creams to knock-off perfumes and colognes available at modest retail stores.

COBE has been in business since 1970, according to its website.

Z. Bigatti is a high end maker of beauty creams and age defying lotions for retailers such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. It boasts an unsolicited endorsement from Beyonce Knowles. A two-ounce bottle of its Re-Storation Skin Treatment lists on its website for $155.

An article in “Mpls St Paul” magazine notes Z. Bigatti celebrated 15 years in business last year and its products have been included in gift baskets given at the annual Academy Awards.

Sperber, who lives in Miami, plans to buy a home and live in Clovis, Olson said. He described him as a native of Guatamela who has been involved for many years in cosmetics businesses started by his father.

Director Chase Gentry said while Clovis Industrial Development Corp. is promising as much as $3 million as an incentive to bring BHSI here, Sperber is also contributing a sizable amount of his own cash to the project. They didn’t provide specific figures.

Gentry and Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the millions in forgivable loans are a necessary incentive to compete against communities in other states that vie for new business and industry. Brumfield noted the money derived from gross receipts taxes wasn’t available some years ago and the city lost a Wal-Mart warehouse to Plainview, Texas, which could offer the loans.

“It’s critical,” Brumfield said. “It’s a key to making sure we get the jobs.”