There are several
light industrial buildings throughout Eagan where often only the employees have any idea what’s going on behind the doors.
Bell International Laboratories, a contract manufacturer, recently moved to Eagan at 2950 Lexington Ave. S., where workers in lab coats use beakers and test tubes to research the latest in organic health and beauty technology.
The facility is home to the largest organic sun cover development in the United States.
“It’s the future of sun care,” Bell Labs CEO Mo Saremi said. “It’s exploding. It’s a good thing. People really care about the health of their skin.”
He said it’s a highly regulated and highly sophisticated businesses. The business is an NSF certified organic facility and is USDA and EcoCert certified.
Saremi said he’s hired some of the best cosmetic research and development scientists from both the U.S. and Europe.
He expects to add a few more. Bell Labs added 150 employees in 2017 — 50 more than projected — and still expects to add another 50 more before the end of the fourth quarter.
Bell Labs had a 44 percent increase in revenue in the past year.
Bell Labs has rapidly expanded its facility from 75,000 square feet in Minneapolis to 120,000 square feet in Eagan, and Saremi announced plans to add another 100,000 square feet in a facility nearby off Commerce Street in September of this year for distribution.
Saremi, who referred to himself as the chief executive dreamer, said, “Don’t be afraid to dream big, especially in Minnesota.”
Saremi ceremoniously hung up the sledgehammer used to usher in construction at their new site during a ceremony last week.
Attorney General Lori Swanson and Matthew Pangano from U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis’ office were also in attendance and took a tour of the facility.