International Flavors & Fragrances, makers of scents for a variety of products ranging from air freshener to perfume, announced Thursday it will expand its operations in Augusta by the end of 1999.
The New York-based company plans to build a 10-acre addition to its 12-acre fragrance ingredients plant so that it can expand scent production by about 40 percent and produce new products.
As many as 10 to 15 jobs could be created, company officials said.
New hires will be from the local area.
"We have had plans to expand ever since we located down here," said Thomas O'Rourke, company vice president and plant general manager. "We're in the design stages."
International Flavors & Fragrances completed construction of a $35-million plant at 3005 International Blvd. in 1996. It is a key supplier of natural and synthetic fragrances to companies throughout the world.
The company would not disclose how much the new expansion would cost.
International Flavors & Fragrances decided to locate here because it is close to sources of raw materials -- pine trees in particular -- and because Augusta offers low energy costs and a healthy labor supply, company officials said.
The Augusta plant employs about 50 people.
A global company incorporated in 1909, International Flavors & Fragrances sells its products to other companies. Its fragrances can be found in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, detergents and household cleaning products. Brands using the company's fragrances are kept secret.
The company also makes flavors that are sold primarily to makers of dairy, meat and processed food, beverages, snacks, sweets, baked goods, pharmaceuticals and pet food.
In 1997, the company had worldwide sales of $1.4 billion -- 58 percent of which was in fragrances and 42 percent in flavors.