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Pretty and profitable: Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has international economic outlook

Photo Gallery | Congressman Neal tours Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

GREAT BARRINGTON — Iredale Mineral Cosmetics may have Berkshire roots, but it's a company with an international outlook.

Thirty percent of the firm's current revenue comes through products that Iredale Mineral Cosmetics exports to 52 different countries through 32 separate distributors, according to CFO Robert Montgomery.

"That's up from about 20 percent eight years ago," Montgomery said.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal got a first-hand look at Iredale's current operations when he toured the cosmetic firm's three-building complex in the center of Great Barrington.

"It's a great economic story; a great international story," said Neal, who has been to Iredale's complex before. "It's also a great testament to entrepreneurship. They have customers around the globe. Their investment in Great Barrington is a real economic boost."

Iredale moved into its current headquarters, the 127-year-old former Bryant School building on Bridge Street, in December 2014 after an extensive renovation. The architect who oversaw that project, Robert Silman of Great Barrington, received the Louise duPont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation last November for his dedication to historic preservation over a 50-year career. It was the first school building to be constructed in the Adirondack style, said president and founder Jane Iredale.