Illume Expands Its Manufacturing Facility Minneapolis, Minn. - June 30, 2010

Illume, the designer and manufacturer of premium candles and home fragrance, has expanded its U.S.-based manufacturing and distribution facility in Minneapolis, Minn. The expansion, completed this month, and brings the total size of the facility to just over 100,000 square feet.

“We’ve experienced significant growth this past year,” commented Liz Barrere, SVP of Illume. “Our successful retail partnerships and increased brand awareness have created an opportunity for us to grow both our domestic and international manufacturing capabilities.”

The company’s expansion consisted of remodeling a former post office annex to create a new order fulfillment center and finished goods warehouse. As part of the expansion, Illume implemented energy-efficient temperature control, lighting and air circulation throughout its production facility and finished goods warehouse, and installed flooring made from recycled materials. Environmental responsibility is also an integral part of the company’s sourcing and product development through its use of recycled components and packaging, and creation of proprietary natural-wax blends.

Begun in the mid-1990s as a small, trendy company in the heart of Los Angeles, Illume has grown into a top global home-fragrance brand with a proven track record for creating high quality products. Alongside the company’s product development, sourcing and marketing initiatives, its Minneapolis facility hosts state-of-the-art research and development facilities and technologically advanced production capability.

“We’re preparing ourselves for continued growth and increased distribution,” stated Barrere.

In addition to the Illume brand, the company will continue to concept, manufacture, fill and distribute candles and home fragrance for its portfolio of major private-label retailers and co-branded clients, including Anthropologie and Target.

Synonymous with outstanding fragrance, Illume has a tradition of award-winning packaging and innovative product design. Illume can be found in more than 4,500 specialty retail and department stores and online at www.illumecandles.com.