Amway started construction on its $81 million, 317,000 square foot, manufacturing and warehouse facility near the company’s world headquarters in Ada, Michigan.
The facility at 5101 Spaulding Avenue will house select manufacturing operations for NUTRILITE vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements. Amway will add 200 advanced manufacturing jobs at the Spaulding Avenue site during the next three years, including 50 jobs when the plant opens its first phase in 2014. The facility is scheduled to begin operations in 2015.
“This new manufacturing facility is a reflection of the hard work of our distributors and employees,” said Steve Van Andel, chairman of Amway. “Thanks to their efforts, we’ve reported record sales for our products year after year. That increased demand is the driver for our $375 million global manufacturing expansion at seven sites around the globe. Four of the sites are located in the U.S., with two sites in our world headquarters community of Ada, Michigan.”
More than 3 billion tablets and 1.3 billion softgel capsules will be produced annually at the Spaulding Avenue plant. “Over the last 79 years, Nutrilite has grown from a Quonset hut in southern California to a best-in-class research, agribusiness, manufacturing, vitamin and dietary supplement organization," said Jim Siewertsen, vice president of Nutrilite operations. "The new Spaulding Avenue site is the next chapter in our rich history.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved a $1.6 million incentive from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support construction of the facility. In addition Ada Township approved an industrial facilities exemption for the facility as well. The Ada Township tax abatement is for 12 years, the maximum length allowed by the State of Michigan. The Right Place, a western Michigan economic development organization, provided Amway with support in securing those incentives.