|Release date: 10/31/2011
NORTHRIDGE, CALIF (Oct. 31, 2011) – Pharmavite LLC, manufacturer of Nature Made® vitamins and SOYJOY® bars, today broke ground on the company’s new manufacturing and packaging facility in Opelika, Alabama. Representatives from Pharmavite were joined by the Governor of Alabama Robert Bentley, Alabama Representative and Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, the Mayor of Opelika Gary Fuller, and local community and business leaders at the groundbreaking event.
‘We are honored to officially join the Opelika and greater Alabama community and we’re looking forward to accomplishing many great things together,’ said Mark Walsh, Chief Operating Officer of Pharmavite. ‘This new facility represents a significant step in the growth of Pharmavite and will serve as a model manufacturing facility for the entire vitamin and supplement industry.’
The 330,000 square-foot facility, which will produce Nature Made® soft gel and tablets, supports Pharmavite’s strategy to capitalize on the growing global consumer trends on health and wellness. Pharmavite will initially invest approximately $76.5 million in capital during the first year and based on future growth, expect to add to this investment over the coming years.
‘Today’s groundbreaking is the beginning of a bright future for Pharmavite in Opelika. Pharmavite has an excellent reputation worldwide and I am proud to say they will now be one of Alabama’s latest corporate citizens,’ said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. ‘The jobs and investment Pharmavite is making in Alabama helps us show the rest of the world that Alabama is a great place to live and do business.’
Once operational in early 2013, the facility is expected to employ approximately 280 employees in the first year of operation. A few managerial positions are expected to be filled this year; the recruiting for the majority of positions will begin in June 2012.
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For more than 40 years, Pharmavite LLC has earned and maintained the trust of healthcare professionals, consumers, and retailers by manufacturing high-quality vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, and all-natural foods under its Nature Made® and SOYJOY® brand names. Nature Made vitamins are the number one supplement brand in the food, drug, club and mass channels. Based in Northridge, California, Pharmavite LLC operates as a subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. For more information, please visit Pharmavite.com.