COTY Inc. has been a resident of the American Enterprise Park at 118 and 400 The American Road in Morris Plains for over 15 years. But in 2013, as the initial team of 15 employees there grew to nearly 100, the company decided to renovate 500 The American Road, investing $16.7 million to create a state-of-the-art research and development facility that would help propel the organization into the future.
Today, with 110 employees and counting, the 500 The American Road site features 100,000 square feet of new equipment and systems, collaborative meeting areas, storage space, and square footage to allow for growth. In the short time since COTY R&D moved into its new space, the company relocated a team from Phoenix, AZ, and created additional assignments at Morris Plains, resulting in new jobs at the complex. And now, open space is being considered for the movement of more current and new jobs to the site.
In addition to its corporate employees, COTY’s American Road facilities include a consumer testing center, where local residents can earn cash by participating in product tests and providing valuable feedback to the company.
“COTY is a conscientious and generous neighbor,” reports Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler. Sensitive to the environment, the company installed solar panels on the building to help it function in a greener and more sustainable way. In the community, COTY supports local non-profits and activities at schools and participates in many organizations’ fundraisers.
Conveniently located adjacent to a path that connects to NJ TRANSIT’s Morris Plains train station with its Midtown Direct service, and with the site’s easy accessibility from Interstates 80, 287 and 78, and Route 24, 500 The American Road has become an ideal location for meetings with COTY staff members from their New York City headquarters, as well as with local vendors and partners.
Hon. Frank J. Druetzler
Borough of Morris Plains