ADA, MI—Amway has started construction on an $81 million manufacturing and warehouse facility here at 5101 Spaulding Ave. for its Nutrilite supplements division.

The company said it expects that more than three billion tablets and 1.3 billion softgel capsules will be produced annually at the Spaulding Avenue plant. Amway said it will add 200 advanced manufacturing jobs at the site during the next three years, including 50 jobs when the plant opens its first phase in 2014.  The facility is scheduled to begin operations in 2015.

"This new manufacturing facility is a reflection of the hard work of our distributors and employees," said Steve Van Andel, chairman of Amway.  "Thanks to their efforts, we've reported record sales for our products year after year. That increased demand is the driver for our $375 million global manufacturing expansion at seven sites around the globe. Four of the sites are located in the U.S., with two sites in our world headquarters community.”

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. approved a $1.6 million incentive from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support construction of the facility. Ada Township approved an industrial facilities exemption for the facility as well. The Ada tax abatement is for 12 years, the maximum length allowed by the state. The Right Place, a western Michigan economic development organization, provided Amway with support in securing those incentives.