Innovative Spaces: Mary Kay Opens $100M R&D, Manufacturing Facility in Lewisville

Two years after breaking ground, the Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing/R&D Center — also known as 'R3' — is now open. Take a look inside the new 453,000-square-foot facility, complete with R&D labs and manufacturing tech.

Dallas Innovates Innovative Spaces SeriesThe makeup moguls at Mary Kay have officially opened the doors to their newest North Texas development—the Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing/R&D Center (R3)—two years after breaking ground. Intended to support future growth for the made-in-America cosmetics, R3 will house global manufacturing and research and development operations.

The $100 million investment made by the multibillion-dollar beauty powerhouse will support the production of skin care products, color cosmetics, and fragrances. Based in Lewisville, R3 will replace Mary Kay’s former manufacturing facility that opened on Regal Row in Dallas in 1969. The new, 453,000-square-foot building is complete with state-of-the-art R&D laboratories, cutting-edge manufacturing technology, and zero waste to landfill.

“Approximately 75 percent of our current business is overseas and more than 50 percent of Mary Kay products produced at our U.S. manufacturing facility are exported to our international markets,” David Holl, president and chief executive officer for Mary Kay Inc., said in a statement. “As an innovation leader, this new facility will also allow us to continue producing best-in-industry products today, while practicing sustainability for the future.”

“The Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing Facility is not only an investment in our company’s future but also in our continued mission to empower and enrich women’s lives around the world.”
Ryan Rogers

R3’s namesake comes from the company’s co-founder, executive chairman, and son of Mary Kay Ash. Holl said the facility opening is an exciting milestone in the company’s 55-year history — when breaking ground on Sept. 13, 2016, it was exactly 53 years (to the day!) after Mary Kay Ash launched the company from a Dallas storefront. 

Addison-headquartered Mary Kay has a pretty expansive footprint in North Texas, with the Lewisville location chosen after an extensive search of potential locations in the region. Today, over 600 manufacturing and R&D employees are employed, and millions of dollars in R&D are invested to ensure Mary Kay products meet high standards of quality, safety, and performance.

“In 1963, my grandmother and father founded this company in Dallas and we are proud to maintain our strong connection with North Texas,” Ryan Rogers, chief investment officer for Mary Kay Inc. and the son of Richard R. Rogers, said in a statement. “The Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing Facility is not only an investment in our company’s future but also in our continued mission to empower and enrich women’s lives around the world.”

Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants live in around 40 countries, which is a success the company attributes to irresistible products, rewarding opportunities, and a positive community impact.

For the Lewisville community, that community impact comes to the tune of a 10-year partnership with Lewisville Independent School District to use the renowned Incubatoredu curriculum to teach business concepts and entrepreneurship. And, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and as part of the Pink Doing GreenSM initiative, Mary Kay planted its 1 millionth tree on the grounds of R3.

The Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing Facility was officially opened Nov. 1 by the Mary Kay executive leadership team, elected officials, and representatives from Cymcor project management and Beck construction. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mary Kay presented a $50,000 check to Denton County Friends of the Family — a provider services to those affected by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence — in a partnership with Texas New Mexico Power.

Photo Gallery

Take a visual tour to Lewisville as you step inside Mary Kay’s new Richard R. Rogers Manufacturing/R&D Center. And, check out photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony as the $50,000 check is presented. All photos courtesy of Mary Kay.


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