Amway broke ground on a 48,000 square foot, $38 million, botanical concentrate manufacturing plant on 12-acres at the Port of Quincy, Washington.
Amway projects it will initially create 30 jobs, with workforce processing botanicals from the company's nearby Trout Lake Farm operations, the largest certified organic herb farm in North America. Processed botanicals such as blueberry, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, oregano, peppermint and nettle, will be supplied to Amway global manufacturing operations. These plant concentrates will be used in some of the company's top products, including NUTRILITE products.
Amway officials said the Quincy facility is part of a $185 million U.S. manufacturing expansion announced earlier this year to meet growing global demand for its top-selling NUTRILITE brand of vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements. Nutrition product sales in 2011 accounted for 45 percent, or $4.7 billion, of Amway sales. The Amway facility in Quincy will replace the current extraction and concentration operation in Lakeview, California.
"We appreciate the spirit of partnership that has been extended to us by local business and economic development leaders, elected officials as well as the Quincy community," said George Calvert, Amway vice president of research and development, and supply chain. "This occasion marks 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."
"We are excited about Amway-Nutrilite beginning construction of its new state-of-the-art botanical processing and plant extraction facility at the Port of Quincy, as this is the first facility of its type in our region that will be doing this sort of complex value-added agricultural processing and manufacturing, while also using many of our local crops," stated Curt Morris, chair/president, Port of Quincy. "More importantly, this new Nutrilite facility will create jobs and help to further diversify the economy of Quincy and Central Washington."
Amway also is working on other manufacturing projects as part of its expansion, including an $81 million nutrition soft gels and tablet manufacturing operation in Ada, Michigan, expected to create up to 200 jobs. Amway is also building a $24 million nutrition powder products plant at the company's World Headquarters is expected to create 50 new jobs in Ada, Michigan. The firm is also constructing a $42 million project in Buena Park, California, facility that includes a new granulation facility to support tablet manufacturing; new research and development facilities and pilot laboratories; and a two-story professional office building.