Direct-selling giant Amway has purchased 12 acres of land in Quincy, Wash., to build a 48,000-square-foot extraction and concentration facility to process ingredients for nutritional products sold under its NUTRILITE brand. The agreement includes an option for an additional 15 acres of property.
The purchase, approved by the Port of Quincy earlier this year, will allow Amway to break ground for the $31.8 million facility later this year and begin operations in early 2014. The new extraction and concentration facility is expected to create about 30 jobs in manufacturing and quality assurance.
The Amway Quincy facility will support its Washington-based Trout Lake Farm operations and replace its current extraction and concentration operation in Lakeview, California. The largest certified organic herb farm in North America, Trout Lake Farm provides blueberry, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, oregano, peppermint, nettle and other plants used in NUTRILITE vitamins and nutritional supplements.
According to Jim Brundidge, director of nutritional product operations for Amway, locating the company’s extraction and concentration facility in Quincy creates supply chain efficiencies that will benefit Amway distributors and their customers through new processing technology and faster order delivery.
“Quincy is an ideal location because it allows direct shipment of plant concentrates to our nutritional product manufacturing operations, including facilities in California, China and India,” Brundidge said. “We are excited to be part of the progressive business climate we’ve seen in Quincy and have been impressed working with the leaders of the Port of Quincy throughout our site location review process.”
Plant concentrates are used in nearly two-thirds of NUTRILITE products. Extraction and concentration is the mid step in the NUTRILITE seed to supplement process. Extracts are a category of botanical concentrates, the product of pressing phytonutrient materials from freshly harvested or dehydrated crops to separate liquids from solids. Liquids are evaporated from the extract to concentrate the phytonutrient solution. Liquid concentrates then are juiced or dried to form a powder.
The concentrates produced in Quincy will be used in products including NUTRILITE DOUBLE X Vitamin/Mineral/phytonutrient, NUTRILITE Daily Multivitamin Multimineral, and NUTRILITE Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables tablets.