$38m Amway herb facility on-track to open in 201430 August 2012
Construction of Amway's new $38 million 48,000 square-foot herb extraction and concentration facility in Quincy, Washington is underway, putting the US direct selling firm on-track to open the plant in 2014.
Replacing an existing site in Lakeview, California, the new facility will process ingredients such as blueberry, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, oregano, peppermint and nettle for use in Amway's Nutrilite nutritional supplements. The plant, which will create thirty new jobs when it opens, could expand by a further hectares and is part of a wider strategy to shift production closer to growers.
Amway is currently undertaking a $185 million overhaul of its Nutrilite manufacturing operations in a bid to meet growing demand for the top-selling range of vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements. Nutrition products accounted for $4.7 billion or 45% of Amway's sales in 2011 and parent company Alticor generated revenue of $10.9 billion during the same period.
George Calvert, Amway's vice-president of research, development and supply chain claimed that the new facility would enable the firm to make smaller and more potent tablets.
Calvert added that the plant is a "significant milestone for our company as this project launch is another step toward ensuring that we meet the growing demand for our flagship brand of Nutrilite products all around the world.”
“Over the last seven decades, Nutrilite has grown from a Quonset hut in southern California to best-in-class agribusiness and manufacturing operations around the world,” added Sam Rehnborg, Nutrilite Health Institute's president.
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