Raining Rose Expands, Sees Increased Demand for Quality Personal Care Promotions
Raining Rose is nearing completion of an 8,100 sq. ft. expansion of production capabilities for its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, headquarters.
This $2.5 million renovation, which started in January, will take the company from its current 300 gallon blending tank capability and grow it with the addition of one 600 gallon side phase tank, a 2,000 gallon blending tank and a 2,500 gallon storage tank that will be accessed via a new 12 ft. mezzanine platform. The first phase will complete in July, and the company expects to add additional storage and blending tanks in a future phase. The first batches in this new production space are expected to start in early August.
The expansion marks a new chapter in the company’s growth, fueled by demand for quality manufacturing from nationally known brands. It also allows the company to offer promotional distributors more products that are comparable to national brands, another fast-growing need.
“We have been a valued partner to the contract manufacturing and promotional products markets for years," said Mike Wehr, chief operating officer at Raining Rose. "Our clients continue to ask us what else we could make for them."
This new renovation is just one of many investments over the last few years that Raining Rose has made in order to grow and meet customers’ needs. This expansion opens the door to filling water-based products, like lotions and sunscreens, more competitively and at a much larger scale.
“This expansion diversifies how we serve our clients," said CEO Chuck Hammond. "It’s not only the addition of capabilities to help us grow, it’s also a strategic step toward the future. We see tremendous opportunity to stand out as a leader in the contract manufacturing and promotional industries.”
In 2012, Raining Rose consolidated its three Cedar Rapids production locations into the current $12 million facility. Currently, Raining Rose employs approximately 300 employees, but expects to add 10 to 15 more with the new expansion.
For more information on Raining Rose, visit www.rainingrosepromos.com.