Established in 1895, Firmenich is a family-owned and operated business located in New Ulm, Minn. It is one of the world s leading manufacturers of fragrance beauty products and household consumer goods. Its research and development center has a staff of more than 240 employees that specializes in the areas of biotechnology, synthesis, analysis, physical chemistry and polymer science. The company s research and development team works in association with the creation, application and business development divisions. In addition, it has a Web site that provides product-related information to its customers. Firmenich operates various sales offices and manufacturing centers throughout North America and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.