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2093 Airport Road
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,18301
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 an... more.
Director of Business Development
Business Director of Fragrance Ingredient Division
St. Josephâ€™s College
Board of Trustees
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary
Member of Financial Development Board
Corporate Finance and Accounting
St. Joseph's College
Master of Science
St. John's University
News from The Chamber
Chuck Cohen and Steve Somers also were announced as new members of the teamâ€™s ownership.
Somers is the owner and President of Vigon. With an M.S. in analytical chemistry, he began his career on the technical side of the flavor and fragrance industry, eventually ending up at Givaudan. He moved rapidly up through the organization, being appointed as the business director of Givaudanâ€™s fragrance ingredient division and soon after promoted to director of sales for North America. In pursuit of his vision of creating a unique and progressive company, he purchased Vigon International in 1998. â€œMy fellow partners and I are very excited with the addition of Steve, Chuck and Andy to our ownership team,â€� said Mills. â€œAll three gentlemen have a passion for baseball and, more importantly, a passion for baseball to be successful in Northeast Pennsylvania. Â Steve brings considerable insight into the Poconos and Stroudsburg markets, and will help Josh (Olerud) and Jeremy (Ruby) in the continued expansion of the RailRidersâ€™ brand in those markets.Â Chuck will provide the SWB RailRidersâ€™ management team with an immense amount of knowledge of the Northeast PA business community and its leadership.Â And Andy provides the front office with Major League insight into the baseball operations and, more importantly, a relationship to the history of NEPA baseball thru his playing days here with the Red Barons.â€� â€œMy fellow partners and I are very excited with the addition of Steve, Chuck and Andy to our ownership team,â€� said Mills. â€œAll three gentlemen have a passion for baseball and, more importantly, a passion for baseball to be successful in Northeast Pennsylvania. Â Steve brings considerable insight into the Poconos and Stroudsburg markets, and will help Josh (Olerud) and Jeremy (Ruby) in the continued expansion of the RailRidersâ€™ brand in those markets.Â Chuck will provide the SWB RailRidersâ€™ management team with an immense amount of knowledge of the Northeast PA business community and its leadership.Â And Andy provides the front office with Major League insight into the baseball operations and, more importantly, a relationship to the history of NEPA baseball thru his playing days here with the Red Barons.â€�
Steve Somers '82 gave the group a tour of the facilities and spoke about career opportunities in the field.
The company provides products to customers in select flavor, cosmetic and specialty ingredient markets. Somers is the owner and president of Vigon, a leading manufacturer of high-quality flavor and fragrance ingredients, including essential oils, oleoresins, botanical extracts and natural and synthetic aroma extracts. Founded in 1988, the company was purchased by Somers 10 years later, and has since grown exponentially in both employee and facility size. One of the Lehigh Valley's fastest-growing companies, Vigon International was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania in 2013. Somers is presently on the SJC Board of Trustees.
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Profile: Steve Somers Jr.
When you call Vigon now and ask for Steve Somers, our receptionist Ann, has to ask "Which One?". As many of you know, Steve Somers' son Steve has been working with us for over a year now as Director of Materials Management, and having two "Steve's" now is not the only change that has taken place. As Director of Materials Management, Steve's primary focus is on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our purchasing and planning functions while developing and strengthening our overseas partnerships with a variety of raw material suppliers at source. In his role for only a little more than a year, Steve has already made a huge impact from a sourcing standpoint allowing us to become even more price competitive than we already were as well as from a offering standpoint by adding new key ingredients to our already broad line. The impact that he has made has been received extremely well both from both our customers as well as from the Yipppeee! Team as it has created a lot of new opportunities for everyone. Steve came to us after living and working in Hong Kong for Goldman Sachs as a Real Estate Financial Analyst where he analyzed the feasibility of various global real estate investments for Goldman. However Steve was no stranger to Vigon as he has worked at Vigon since he was 16 years old in virtually all areas of the company including Production, the QC Lab, Shipping and Receiving, and Finance and Accounting. Steve studied Corporate Finance and Accounting at Bentley College in Boston where he graduated Summa Cum Laude before joining Goldman Sachs. When Steve is not at Vigon, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time in and around his home in Hoboken NJ. When asked what he likes most about Vigon, Steve replied "Everyday provides a different challenge, a new opportunity to learn, a new opportunity to improve, and a new opportunity to have some fun"! Steve Somers 14 Years Stephen B Somers 1 Year Steve Somers
Chemical Company - About Us | Vigon International, Inc.
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. 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. [Click Here to meet Steve] Steve Somers Jr. - Vice President Steve Somers Jr. is our Vice President, and joined Vigon in 2010. He is responsible for Sales, Marketing, Purchasing, and Customer Service. Steve is also a member of the Vigon Board of Advisors.
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Steve Somers celebrating with No Lost Time employees.
QC Lab Construction The QC Lab reconstruction is coming down the home stretch with cabinetry and counters in place. Steve Somers Jr. Director of Purchasing