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Amway institutes more layoffs in West Michigan, global operations

BY Monday, April 29, 2019 12:56pm

ADA — Global direct-selling giant Amway Corp. has started another round of cuts to its workforce, the company confirmed to MiBiz.

The layoffs affect operations and “key back-office functions” at the company’s world headquarters in Ada, just east of Grand Rapids, and at other offices globally, according to Amway spokesperson Anna Bryce. Positions that will be eliminated span legal, human resources, supply chain, finance and strategic planning.

Amway global headquarters in Ada COURTESY PHOTO

Bryce said the company has “begun communicating these changes” to employees and “will be sharing more with them in the coming weeks.”

The company did not disclose the number of jobs that would be affected in the latest round of layoffs, citing ongoing “internal communications.”

Amway employs more than 17,000 employees worldwide, including approximately 4,000 in West Michigan.

In December of last year, MiBiz reported Amway cut 45 management-level positions. About 60 percent of the positions eliminated were based out of the headquarters in Ada. These layoffs came just a month after Amway announced plans to close two plants in West Michigan as part of a restructuring of its manufacturing operations, as MiBiz previously reported.

According to the company, these most recent cuts came after a review of global operations “to ensure investments align” with the company’s “strategic focus.”

Sales for Amway rose 2 percent in 2018 to $8.8 billion, reversing a four-year slide, as MiBiz previously reported.

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