Amway purchased 12-acres at The Port of Quincy, Washington's newly developed Industrial Park to build a 48,000-square-foot extraction and concentration facility that will process ingredients for nutritional products sold under its Nutrilite brand. The company has an option to purchase an additional 15 acres at the same industrial park.
Amway is investing $31.8 million into a facility that will create approximately 30 jobs, as well as more than 100 temporary construction jobs.
The Amway Quincy facility will support Amway's Washington-based Trout Lake Farm and replace its current extraction and concentration operation in Lakeview, California. As the largest certified organic herb farm in North America, Trout Lake Farm provides blueberry, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, oregano, peppermint, nettle and other plants used in Nutrilite vitamins and nutritional supplements, said Jim Brundidge, director of nutritional product operations for Amway.
"Locating the company's extraction and concentration facility in Quincy creates supply chain efficiencies that will benefit Amway distributors and their customers through new processing technology and faster order delivery. Quincy is an ideal location because it allows direct shipment of plant concentrates to our nutritional product manufacturing operations, including facilities in California, China and India," Brundidge explained. "We are excited to be part of the progressive business climate we've seen in Quincy and have been impressed working with the leaders of the Port of Quincy throughout our site location review process.
While incentives offered the firm were not available, the port is approved for Foreign Trade Zone status. According to Curt Morris, Chairman and President of the Port of Quincy, "the announcement by Amway to locate its processing facility at the Port of Quincy is a result of a culmination of efforts over several months by a coalition of partners including the Washington State Department of Commerce, Grant County Public Utility District, Grant County Economic Development Council, Big Bend Community College, the City of Quincy and others."
With this latest addition of Amway, the Port of Quincy continues to help bring new jobs and economic development and expand the tax base in central Washington and Grant County, he added.