Melaleuca, a manufacturer and online retailer of more than 450 exclusive health and wellness products, has announced plans to invest in Missouri, opening a 508,000 sq. ft. distribution center and warehouse in Kansas City.
“We are proud to welcome Melaleuca to Missouri,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “The company’s creation of over 200 jobs is great for our state, and its dedication to health and wellness in a time when our citizens need it most is to be commended. We look forward to seeing Melaleuca grow and succeed moving forward.”
Melaleuca will invest at least $35.5 million into the facility and create more than 200 jobs within its first year of operation. Melaleuca expects the facility to be ready in early 2022 after completing an extensive retrofit of the plant formerly owned by Harley Davidson.
“Our products are being enthusiastically embraced throughout the world,” Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot said. “Although Melaleuca has experienced periods of explosive growth over the years, consumers are flocking to Melaleuca now more than ever because they are concerned about their family’s overall health. They are searching for effective, safe, natural health and wellness products, which is Melaleuca’s specialty. When it comes to their health, people don’t want to take shortcuts, and they are relying on Melaleuca’s superior product line to enjoy healthier, more vibrant lives.”
Melaleuca anticipates this new distribution center will not only speed up online delivery for customers throughout the Midwest, but also enable faster e-commerce shipping across the country.
“Melaleuca’s expansion into Kansas City, Missouri is significant for our community, and the new jobs created will help more Kansas Citians prosper through these challenging economic times,” said T’Risa McCord, interim President CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri. “I’d like to thank the company’s leadership for not only their investment in our great City, but also their commitment to a purpose focused on health and wellness.”
“In the last 12 months, companies including Melaleuca, Inc. have selected the KC region to create more than $1 billion in capital investment and over 3,700 jobs,” said Tim Cowden, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. “The KC SmartPort team continues to position Kansas City’s advantages as a logistics hub including our region’s location, available workforce, community benefits and vertical readiness.”