Grand opening of Herbalife Innovation & Manufacturing Facility in Winston-Salem
Herbalife officially unveiled the grand opening of its Innovation & Manufacturing Facility in Winston-Salem today. Members of the local business, civic community, along with Herbalife executives, were on hand to take local officials and the media on a tour of the facility. Herbalife promised more than 500 jobs to the local community. So far, more than 350 jobs have been filled, with more to come by the end of the year. Herbalife Innovation & Manufacturing (H.I.M.) in Winston- Salem further expands Herbalife global manufacturing capacity and is in line with the company’s strategy toincrease self-manufacturing for its top products. H.I.M. Winston-Salem is an example of significant investment by Herbalife in cutting-edge technology and innovation. The site includes a Quality Control center where physical, chemical and microbiological testing occurs, and a Research and Development lab staffed with technicians and scientists. The facility 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, 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 nutrition science.
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.
Facts: 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—that’s 600,000 per day. Green 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.
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