Amway closing two plants in Ada
Amway will close a pair of plants at its world headquarters next year.
The Ada-based global direct-selling company said today it will begin closing its durables plant and laundry powder plant starting in the second half of 2019, in response to changing needs in the marketplace.
It expects the closures, on its campus at 7575 Fulton St. E., to be complete by the end of 2019.
Amway said none of its manufacturing employees will be affected by the closures, “due to natural attrition and management of open positions.”
The company did not disclose where the workers will be re-assigned.
Anna Bryce, manager of corporate and executive communications at Amway, said in a statement the closures are part of a “manufacturing transition” initiated in 2017 to “streamline processes, gain efficiencies and respond to needs in the marketplace.”
“For example, powder detergents are a less popular segment of our laundry mix today than other formulas,” Bryce said.
“Both of these (plant closures) will enable Amway to meet the needs of our business now and in the future, as we continue to focus on making manufacturing an important and competitive asset for our company.”
Bryce said the company believes the changes will “benefit our independent distributors and their customers around the world.”
Amway has seen several consecutive years of sales declines since 2013, when it reached all-time high of $11.8 billion in revenue.
In 2017, the company ended the year with $8.6 billion in sales, down from $8.8 billion in 2016, $9.5 billion in 2015 and $10.8 billion in 2014.
Amway has several brands: Nutrilite vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements; Artistry skincare and color cosmetics; eSpring water treatment systems; and XS energy drinks — all sold exclusively by Amway independent business owners.
The company’s annual sales figure includes revenue from direct-selling operations and other business holdings.