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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Manufacturer relocates growing headquarters, operations to Allen
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A growing manufacturer of nutritional supplements — Purus Labs and Formulife Inc. — has decided to move its growing headquarters and North Texas operations from Dallas to Allen to better accommodate its business needs.
"We definitely outgrew our current place of business after we started manufacturing there in 2009," founder and CEO Brandon Smith told the Dallas Business Journal in an exclusive interview. "We were the main tenant there and there was no more space to eat up.
"We began looking around and we were courted by a number of different cities in North Texas; we looked everywhere, but the City of Allen was way more accommodating and way more motivated to have our company be part of the city," Smith added.
Purus Labs and Formulife has signed a lease for 45,000 square feet of space in Allen Station II, which sits along North Central Expressway near the Village at Allen. This more than doubles its North Texas operations, where it currently operates in 17,000 square feet of space on Pagemill Road on the eastern edge of Dallas.
With the expansion, Purus Labs and Formulife — which designs and manufactures high-end nutritional products — plans to expand its production capacity with new product lines and additional equipment. The company also plans to add to its 65-employee workforce with the expansion.
"We want to mechanize all the lines," Smith told me. "We're just super blessed right now that the supplement business is booming. We just got into GNC and they started us in a segment and we knocked it out of the park.
"I'm super glad that we started this process eight months ago. I'm not sure if our current facility would be able to sustain our growth," he added. "We are already operating seven days a week."
By the end of the year, Smith said he expects to add another 10 to 20 employees. The Allen Economic DevelopmentCorp. gave the company a per employee economic incentive for their year-end workforce as part of the deal.