Amway Is Doing Good – Real Good

I was either going to use the title above or “Dont’ Sleep On Amway” as the title.

Look – I know I’m not the only one out there that has been approached somewhere by someone looking to talk to you about a “great business opportunity” – well, back in the day all I remember about Amway was selling soap, detergent, and trail mix.

That’s terrible, I know and very prejudicial. But Amway is getting the last laugh.

As the title states, Amway is about to break ground on a new manufacturing facility in Washington State; which will be the first of it’s kind in the region, and almost more important – this new facility is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Built on 12 acres Amway purchased in the Port of Quincy, the 48,000-square-foot facility is projected to begin operations in 2014. It will process 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 DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient, NUTRILITE Daily Multivitamin Multimineral and NUTRILITE Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables tablets.

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, who spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony. “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.

Sam Rehnborg, Ph.D., whose father, Carl Rehnborg, founded the nutrition company that became known as Nutrilite, also participated in the event. “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,” he said. “The new site in Quincy is the next chapter in our rich history, and we are honored by the warm welcome we have received here.”

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 three other manufacturing projects as part of a U.S. manufacturing expansion:

  • A new $81 million nutrition soft gels and tablet manufacturing operation at the company’s Spaulding Avenue site in Ada, Michigan, is expected to create up to 200 jobs over a three-year period.
  • A $24 million nutrition powder products plant unveiled in 2012 at the company’s World Headquarters is expected to create 50 new jobs in Ada, Michigan.
  • A $42 million project in Buena Park, California, includes a new granulation facility to support tablet manufacturing; new research and development facilities and pilot laboratories; and a two-story professional office building.

Nice work team. Nice work!

James Hicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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