Near the source of the Old Bull River sits a seemingly inexplicable small cedar shake cabin among the renovated American Tobacco Campus.
On closer inspection, a visitor quickly learns that this is no ordinary cabin, but rather a historic monument to the creator of one of America’s greatest brands.
The cabin of Burt’s Bees founder Burt Shavitz, relocated from his beloved Maine, marks the entrance to the global headquarters of the company he co-founded, Burt’s Bees.
Burt’s Bees employees operate the beloved natural personal care brand as well as conduct research and development for new products in their historic, refurbished office and lab space that has become a model on campus and beyond for office design.
And, recently, the company’s parent, Clorox, doubled down on its investment in Durham by creating a hub for its global IT operations on the campus. In fact, since its acquisition by Clorox, the number of Durham employees has grown six-fold in the past three years with plans to add even more.
So, the next time you grab your lip balm or give your baby a bath, know there is an ace team committed to the brand promise of founder Burt Shavitz right in the heart of the Bull City.