WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Global nutrition company Herbalife,
(NYSE: HLF) today celebrated the grand opening of its Herbalife
Innovation and Manufacturing (HIM) facility in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, which will employ more than 500 people when it reaches full
production by the end of 2015.
Herbalife employee is one of more than 350 employees currently employed at the new Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing Facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo: Business Wire)
The facility already produces a variety of nutritional products,
including powders, such as the flagship Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix;
liquids, such as the Herbal Aloe Concentrate; and teas, such as Herbal
Tea Concentrate. Products manufactured at HIM Winston-Salem will be
distributed in the United States and exported to more than 50 countries
around the world. Since announcing the Triad location in December 2012,
Herbalife has invested more than $100 million to convert the over
800,000 square foot site to meet its exacting specifications.
The retro-fit of the building ensures it is in full compliance with U.S.
Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements, acidified foods
and food products. Within months of its operational start-up in mid
2014, the facility received NSF
accreditation—a certification key to ensuring that products manufactured
in Winston Salem meet strict standards for public health protection --
and its quality control laboratory received the highly regarded ISO
17025 certification. The flagship facility for Herbalife, and one of the
most advanced facilities in the nutrition industry as a whole, also
houses Herbalife's technical operations Center of Excellence, an R&D
laboratory complex that ensures products are backed by the best
"This is an incredibly important project for Herbalife as we strengthen
our influence throughout our supply chain - from seed to feed - and
increase capacity to meet the growing demand for our nutrition products.
Two years ago, together with our partners at the state, county and city,
we announced our plans to invest more than $100 million towards creating
a world-class manufacturing facility, and at the same time, create 500
much-needed new jobs for the local area," said Michael O. Johnson,
chairman and CEO, Herbalife. "We are proud to be meeting those
commitments and, with 350 new jobs already created, we remain on target
to create in excess of 500 jobs when we reach full production capacity
later this year."
HIM Winston-Salem is Herbalife's second U.S. manufacturing facility and
the largest of four company-owned facilities worldwide (one in Lake
Forest, California and two in China). Herbalife will also locate its
Global Technical Operations Center, as well as state-of-the-art quality
and testing laboratories at the Winston-Salem location.
Local and state officials, including Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC12), and
business and community leaders today joined Herbalife officials to
officially open the facility with a guided tour of the industry-leading
facility followed by a brief program of speakers.
"I congratulate Herbalife on the grand opening of the Winston-Salem
Innovation and Manufacturing Facility," said Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC12).
"I applaud Herbalife for taking over the old Dell Plant and making an
investment in The Winston-Salem community bringing 500 jobs and
strengthening our economy."
"Congratulations to Herbalife on the grand opening of its Winston-Salem
Manufacturing and Innovation Facility," said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
"The economic impact of this facility will be felt throughout the
Winston-Salem area, particularly for the hundreds of talented workers
who will contribute to its success. It gives me great pride to see
national companies like Herbalife recognize all North Carolina has to
offer, and I believe today's event is another sign that our best days
are ahead of us."
"In selecting Winston-Salem for its flagship manufacturing facility,
Herbalife is helping to revitalize the community," said Mayor Allen
Joines, City of Winston-Salem. "Winston-Salem and surrounding areas have
a long and distinguished history of manufacturing excellence, and
everyone is excited to be part of such an important project for our
region. Herbalife has quickly become an important part of our community
and we expect that relationship to flourish for many years to come."
"The cooperation between Herbalife and Forsyth County is an example of
what business and government can do together to achieve employment for a
local community," said Chairman David Plyler, Forsyth
County Board of Commissioners. "We thank Herbalife for choosing Forsyth
County and we look forward to it being an integral part of the community
for years to come."
Fast facts about the Winston-Salem Innovation and Manufacturing
Currently approximately 350 employees; will employ more than 500 when
facility reaches full production by the end of 2015
The 800,000 square-foot facility is one-mile around
equivalent to 200 basketball courts or 16 football fields - enough
room for an entire Sunday of NFL games to be played simultaneously
Estimated to produce 150 million units per year
Environmental features include energy efficient diode lights and
integral water purification system, which processes water to make it
pH-neutral ahead of disposal.
The company has also extended its innovative wellness program to its
employees in Winston-Salem, including the annual bio-metric health
screening and wellness coaching along with a comprehensive fitness
center that includes basketball courts and a nature trail
The company is active in the local community and supports a number of
organizations, including the North Carolina Soccer Fusion youth soccer
organization and local cycling club Team MS Herbalife.
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people's
lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management,
energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively
to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90
countries. We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor
nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one
coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers
to live a healthy, active life.
We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife
programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also
sponsor more than 250 world-class athletes, teams and events around the
globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many
The company has over 7,400 employees worldwide, and its shares are
traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of $4.8
billion in 2013. To learn more visit iamherbalife.com
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