|Release date: 9/13/2011
NORTHRIDGE, CALIF (Sept. 13, 2011) – Pharmavite LLC, manufacturer of Nature Made® vitamins and SOYJOY® bars, announced today it has chosen Opelika, Alabama as the location for its new manufacturing and packaging facility.
The new facility is part of Pharmavite’s strategy to capitalize on the growing global consumer trends on health and wellness and meet increased demand for its products.
‘This is an important step in the growth of Pharmavite and we are very excited to soon become part of the Opelika and greater Alabama community,’ said Mark Walsh, Chief Operating Officer of Pharmavite. ‘Our new Opelika facility will allow us to have manufacturing capacity near the East coast markets, which make up a significant portion of our business.’
Pharmavite and its business partner will be initially investing approximately $74 million in capital during the first year and based on future growth, expect to add to this investment over the coming years. The decision follows a comprehensive site selection process that included evaluating several locations in the Eastern United States. Opelika, Alabama was the best fit based on the criteria Pharmavite established for this new location.
‘The site selection process was very thorough and we evaluated several high-quality locations, but ultimately it was clear that Opelika, Alabama was the best fit based on the criteria we established for this location,’ said Ron Pillsbury, Vice President, Operations at Pharmavite. ‘From the high quality work force to the strong community infrastructure, Opelika met or exceeded our expectations and we’re excited to be joining such a great community.’
The Governor of Alabama Robert Bentley made the announcement of Pharmavite’s new facility in Opelika. ‘We are excited and proud that we will have a global leader in the dietary supplement industry locate in Alabama and employ 280 citizens,’ said Governor Robert Bentley. ‘Two hundred and eighty jobs is a major announcement for any town, and these are the type of high quality jobs that we have targeted for Alabama. This is a company with high standards that puts much effort into making sure its products are thoroughly researched and based on the latest science.’
Pharmavite plans to break ground on the 330,000 square foot facility later this year. Once operational in early 2013, the facility is expected to employ approximately 280 employees in the first year of operation and based on future growth expects to add employees in the coming years. Pharmavite is currently working directly with the State of Alabama’s Economic Development agency and local officials in Opelika to plan a groundbreaking event in the fall.
’Our goal is to create the model manufacturing facility for the entire vitamin and supplement industry that will produce the highest quality products,’ said Lance Buchanan, Director, Plant Operations at Pharmavite. ‘It will feature state-of-the-art technology and will be the first major vitamin and supplement manufacturing facility in the United States to be LEED certified.’