Amway opened its new $42 million nutrition manufacturing and R&D facility in Buena Park, California.
According to company officials, the 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will house select manufacturing operations for the company's Nutrilite brand of vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements, sold exclusively by Amway Business Owners. The R&D facility will focus on quality assurance activities as well as research efforts for the nutrition brand. A new office building also is part of the development.
"The Nutrilite brand has been advancing nutrition for more than 80 years," said Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel. "These facilities are a key part of the brand's future and we couldn't be more excited to continue the legacy of nutrition manufacturing from this site in California."
The new manufacturing facility supports ingredient granulation – the mid-step in the manufacturing process of vitamin and mineral tablets, including Nutrilite Double X and Nutrilite supplements. The facility will take raw ingredients from Nutrilite farms, received in a powdered form, and turn them into a consistency that can be pressed into tablets.
"People all around the world rely on us for quality nutrition products," said Amway Chief Supply Chain and R&D Officer George Calvert. "This investment in manufacturing and R&D is one of many that we make to ensure that we continue to provide the very best in nutrition to the global consumer."
The manufacturing facility is built to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design silver certification standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council – upholding a long-term environmental focus by Amway. The building design and construction used sustainability practices, a storm water control system, and paint and other coatings containing low volatile organic compounds to reduce potentially harmful gases.
The Buena Park-based facility is one of five new manufacturing sites slated to open in 2015 for Amway, part of its ongoing $332 million USD manufacturing expansion.