|Burts Bees Moves Headquarters to American Tobacco
American Tobacco is now home to the corporate headquarters for earth-friendly natural personal care products company Burt’s Bees. The city of Durham approved an incentives package in April, to draw Burt’s Bees to downtown; then Burt’s Bees entered into a sub-lease agreement with Motricity.
Motricity, which was housed in most of the 70,000 sq ft Hill Building, left their space when the company acquired the mobile content division of Infospace and moved to Infospace’s base in Bellevue, Washington in March 2008.
Burt’s Bees will relocate approximately 150 employees to American Tobacco, leaving its manufacturing and distributing operations at its current location in Keystone Park in Durham County. Burt’s Bees said it had outgrown the headquarters space, thus the move to downtown Durham. As part of the incentive package, the company will create 51 new jobs by May 2012.
Mariah Kulp, a Burt’s Bees spokesperson, told the Triangle Business Journal that the company will definitely remain in North Carolina, unlike predecessors like Motricity. Clorox purchased Burt’s Bees in November 2007.
Burt’s Bees hopes to have the move to American Tobacco complete by June 1st.