Carma Laboratories: Announces new global headquarters in Franklin

Makers of Carmex Lip Balm continue Milwaukee-area legacy with functional new footprint

MILWAUKEE – January 14, 2020 – Carma Laboratories, Inc., the family-owned-and-operated makers of Carmex lip balm, is excited to announce its intentions to construct its new global headquarters in Franklin, Wisconsin. Carma Laboratories has narrowed its search to Franklin and begun negotiations with city officials for approvals and incentives.

“As home to the Carmex brand for over 80 years, the greater Milwaukee area has played a significant role in our continued success. We want our new Global Headquarters to reflect our long-term commitment to our employees and the city of Franklin,” said Rich Simonson, chief operating officer of Carma Laboratories, Inc. “We very much appreciate the ongoing support from the community and look forward to this exciting next chapter of our family company’s history.”

City of Franklin Mayor Steve Olson stated; “Carma Laboratories has been a great part of Franklin for more than 50 years. We value the company as well as its employees. We are excited that they continue to be successful and are expanding here in their home city of Franklin. It’s been a pleasure to work with the Carma Laboratories owners and management on this major expansion of a brand that stamps ‘Franklin, Wisconsin’ on millions of products used all over the world.”

About Carmex® and Carma Laboratories, Inc.

For over 80 years, Franklin, Wisconsin-based Carma Laboratories, Inc., has manufactured Carmex® brand lip balms. Carma Laboratories, Inc. is a family-owned-and-operated business that was founded in 1937 by Alfred Woelbing, the inventor of Carmex® lip balm. Today, the company continues to produce its original lip care formula in its iconic jars as well as tubes and sticks and has expanded the line to include a natural formula, flavored moisture-rich lip care products and Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment. The carefully crafted lip balm has been the No. 1 pharmacist-recommended brand for 18 years in a row. For more information, visit