Herbalife is marking a company milestone two years in the making. The global nutrition company recently celebrated the grand opening of its fourth and largest Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing (HIM) facility. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, location will produce an estimated 150 million units of made-in-the-U.S.A. product each year.
In 2012, Herbalife announced plans to convert an existing, 800,000-square-foot building in Winston-Salem, an investment of $130 million. The NSF-certified facility came online in 2014 and currently houses approximately 350 employees. That number will top 500 when the site reaches full production capacity later this year.
“The economic impact of this facility will be felt throughout the Winston-Salem area, particularly for the hundreds of talented workers who will contribute to its success,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), on hand with other officials and business leaders to celebrate the grand opening. “It gives me great pride to see national companies like Herbalife recognize all North Carolina has to offer, and I believe today’s event is another sign that our best days are ahead of us.”
With a sister site in California and two in China, HIM Winston-Salem is the largest facility ever built by Herbalife. The company will distribute nutrition powders, liquids and teas from the plant to more than 50 countries worldwide. Within its one-mile loop, HIM Winston-Salem also houses Herbalife’s Global Technical Operations Center and a state-of-the-art quality and testing lab.
“This is an incredibly important project for Herbalife as we strengthen our influence throughout our supply chain—from seed to feed—and increase capacity to meet the growing demand for our nutrition products,” said Michael O. Johnson, Herbalife Chairman and CEO.