Ada-based Amway, a direct selling company, has opened a new $42 million nutrition manufacturing facility in Buena Park, Calif., one of five new manufacturing sites scheduled to open this year as part of a $332 million manufacturing expansion.
"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," says Steve Van Andel, Amway chairman.
Nutrition sales accounted for 43 percent of Amway's $10.8 billion in sales in 2014. The company's top selling products are its vitamin and dietary supplements, skincare and cosmetics, and water treatment systems.
The 600,000-square-foot facility will house some manufacturing operations for the company's Nutrilite brand of vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements. The center will receive raw ingredients from company farms in Washington, Mexico, and Brazil that are in a powdered form before pressing them into tablets.
The facility will also focus on quality assurance activities and research efforts for the nutrition brand. A new office building is also part of the development.
Amway will open other manufacturing facilities this year in Ada, Washington, Vietnam, and India, along with the center in California. The company will also open a research and development facility in China to study traditional Chinese medicines.