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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:18

Amway plans $105M expansion in Ada

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ADA — Amway plans to invest $180 million, a majority of it in West Michigan, to expand its Nutrilite brand of vitamins and dietary supplements. 
The expansion will occur at four Amway locations – two in Ada, plus Buena Park, Calif., and Quincy, Wash.

In Ada, Amway will put $81 million to expand production of soft gels and tablets, creating 200 new jobs over three years. The company also announced plans to spend $24 million on a new plant at its global headquarters for powder products that will start production this year and create 50 jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. today approved a $1.6 million Business Development Program incentive from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support the expansion for Access Business Group, an Amway affiliate.

Amway said the incentive played a “key role” in choosing Michigan over other states for the expansion. Amway employs about 4,000 people in Michigan.

“Nutrilite is integral to the future of Amway as the world’s number one selling vitamins and dietary supplements brand,” Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos said in a joint statement. “By bringing a second nutrition product manufacturing plant to our home market of Michigan, we are helping our distributors meet the growing customer demand for our Nutrilite brand products.”

Nutrilite products for accounted for 45 percent, or $4.7 billion, of the $10.9 billion in corporate sales for Amway’s parent company, Alticor, in 2011.

Outside of Michigan, the $42 million expansion in California includes a new granulation facility for tablet manufacturing, new research and development facilities and pilot laboratories, and a two-story professional office building.

Quincy, Washington will get a new extraction and concentration operation for ingredients grown at the company’s nearby organic farm operations. The $31.8 million investment will result in 30 new jobs.

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