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History

Vigon International, Inc. was founded in 1988 by Victor Fulgoni, a former Vice President of Manufacturing at Norda. The company began operation with two employees and a facility totaling 8,000 square feet.

In 1998 Vigon International was purchased by Steve Somers, formerly of Givaudan. At the time of purchase Vigon employed 10 individuals. Under the leadership of Somers, Vigon International now employs more than 65 in a facility totaling over 105,000 square feet on seventeen acres of property.

The growth and success of Vigon is due in large part to a unique corporate concept that Vigon has developed and established within the industry: Creative Partnerships. This partnership concept has been and continues to be the foundation and guiding principle for all of Vigon's activities.

 

Mission Statement

Vigon International, Inc. is dedicated to creating open, honest partnerships with its customers, employees, and suppliers. These partnerships are based on utilizing the skills, talents and expertise of those involved, to benefit all. As a supplier of flavor and fragrance products, Vigon International is committed to:

  • Understanding its customers' needs, and providing them with the highest quality, service, and value, allowing them to achieve their goals and market objectives.
  • Creating a friendly, innovative, open workplace allowing all employees to reach their full potential and share in the success of the company.
  • Developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers who can provide the resources necessary to meet the needs of the company and its customers.
  • Managing the company on a basis of profitable controlled growth, sharing the rewards with those contributing to its success, and investing for the future.

Manufacturing Capability

Vigon International possesses extensive on-site manufacturing capability including vacuum distillations, extractions, reactions, and liquid compounding. This capability allows Vigon to produce and offer a wide variety of products in virtually any quantity. In addition, our on-site process development lab allows us to add new products to our offering based on the broader needs of the market, or to custom manufacture based on the specific needs of our customers.

Strategic Partnerships

At the core of Vigon International's unique partnership based business model are the key partnerships that have been established with major multinational flavor and fragrance and ingredient manufacturers. These partnerships combine the product manufacturing expertise of the manufacturer with the marketing, sales, customer service and distribution expertise of the Vigon team.

 


Vigon International currently has strategc partnerships with both the fragrance and flavor divisions of Givaudan, the world's largest flavor and fragrance manufacturer based in Vernier, Switzerland. Since 1998, Vigon International has been responsible for marketing and supplying Givaudan's fragrance ingredients to a select group of customers in the United States and Canada. In 1999, Vigon began marketing and supplying Givaudan's flavor ingredients and compounds to flavor manufacturers in the United States. For more information about Givaudan, please visit their web site at www.givaudan.com.

 
In December of 2000, Vigon International established a strategic partnership with the Fine Chemicals Division of Degussa (now Evonik Industries), a global chemical manufacturer. As part of the partnership, Vigon markets and supplies a wide range of Evonik's intermediates to the flavor and fragrance market in the United States. For more information about Evonik, please visit their web site at www.evonik.com.


In 2004 Vigon International established a partnership with Rhodia Inc. (now Solvay), a leading global specialty chemicals manufacturer, for the management and supply of their flavor and fragrance ingredients to the flavor and fragrance industry. As part of this partnership, Vigon manages the sales, customer service, warehousing, and shipping of Solvay’s flavor and fragrance ingredients to a select group of customers in the North American market. For more information about Solvay, please visit their web site at www.solvay.com.


 
 
At the outset of 2005, Vigon International established a strategic partnership with Symrise Inc., one of the world’s top flavor and fragrance manufacturers, for the management and supply of the Symrise Aroma Chemicals and Cosmetic Ingredients to the flavor and fragrance industry. As part of this partnership, Vigon manages the sales, customer service, warehousing, and shipping of Symrise aroma chemicals and Cosmetic Ingredients to a select group of customers in the North American market. For more information about Symrise, please visit their web site at www.symrise.com.

 

In March 2006, Vigon International and Firmenich, one of the preeminent global leaders in the flavor and fragrance industry, created a strategic partnership for the management and supply of the Firmenich Ingredients to the North American marketplace. The partnership was established in order to provide the maximum level of service possible for the supply of the Firmenich Ingredients to the flavor and fragrance industry. As part of this partnership, Vigon manages the sales, customer service, warehousing, and shipping of the Firmenich Ingredients to a select group of customers in the North American market. For more information about Firmenich, please visit their web site at www.firmenich.com.

 

At the beginning of February 2007, Vigon established a partnership with BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, in order to maximize the level of service that customers receive for the procurement of BASF’s Aroma Chemicals in the flavor and fragrance industry. As part of this partnership, Vigon will be managing the sales, customer service, warehousing, and shipping of BASF Aroma Chemicals to a select group of flavor and fragrance customers in the North American market. For more information about BASF, please visit their web-site at www.basf.com
 

 

Beginning in July 2009 Vigon International and DRT established a strategic partnership for the management and supply of the of the DRT terpene products in North America. This partnership was established in order to maximize the level of service that customers receive for the procurement of DRT products. As part of this partnership, Vigon will be managing the sales, customer service, warehousing, and shipping of DRT terpene products to customers in the North American market. For more information about DRT, please visit their web-site at www.drt.fr.

 

 

 


Management Profiles

Vigon's most important resource is the human resource. Our ability to recruit and retain some of the most talented, knowledgeable and dedicated people in the industry has been the cornerstone of our success. Our collective experience is as broad as it is deep, enabling us to fully understand our customer's strategic objectives, resolve technical issues quickly and develop insightful and innovative solutions that exceed expectations.

Steve Somers - Owner and President

Steve Somers, owner and president of Vigon International began his career in the flavor and fragrance industry at Felton International in 1982. Steve worked in the lab at Felton as a Quality Control Chemist while studying to obtain his Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry from St. John's University. Steve maintained his focus on the technical side of the business moving to Fritzsche Dodge & Olcott as a Quality Control Chemist in 1984. Over the next thirteen years and through the company's mergers with Givaudan Roure, Steve moved rapidly up through the organization holding various production and sales positions. Based on Steve's unique combination of technical/production expertise and sales/marketing knowledge, he was appointed Business Director of Givaudan's Fragrance Ingredient Division in 1993. After successfully overseeing the Fragrance Ingredient business, Steve was promoted in 1997 to Director of Sales for North America.

With such a broad and comprehensive perspective of the flavor and fragrance industry at a senior level, Steve decided to pursue his vision of creating a unique and progressive company, and purchased Vigon International in 1998. Under Steve's leadership, Vigon International is becoming one of the industry's fastest growing companies.

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Bill Blake - Vice President of Finance and Strategy

Bill Blake is our Vice President of Finance and Strategy and has been with Vigon since 2000. He is responsible for overseeing all Financial and Administrative areas, business continuity, and strategic planning for the company. Bill is also a member of the Vigon Board of Advisors.

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Curt Lucas - Director of Operations

Curt Lucas is our Director of Operations and joined Vigon in 2013. He is responsible for the oversight of all Manufacturing, Engineering/Maintenance, and Logistics.
 

 

Steve Somers Jr. - Director of Commercial Activities

Steve Somers Jr. is our Director of Sales and Purchasing, and joined Vigon in 2010. He is responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Materials Management. Steve is also a member of the Vigon Board of Advisors.
 

 

Peter Crimi - IT Director

Pete Crimi is our Director of IT and joined Vigon in 2002. He is responsible for all Vigon software, hardware, and disaster management programs.

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