Herbalife is gearing up for big things. To meet the challenge of growing product demand in the more than 90 markets where it operates, the company is expanding its manufacturing capabilities. With the dedication of Herbalife Innovation & Manufacturing (H.I.M.) in Winston-Salem, N.C., the global nutrition company now boasts a facility that is the largest in company history at an incredible 46,000 square meters. How large is that? Here’s an example. It’s big enough to host seven professional soccer games, at one time, under the same roof!
“This facility (H.I.M. Winston-Salem) is a testament to our amazing Independent Herbalife Members who, since 1980, have brought the dream of Mark Hughes (Herbalife Founder and First Member, 1956 -2000) to life – a dream of bringing good nutrition around the world,” says Herbalife President Des Walsh.
H.I.M. Winston-Salem expands the global manufacturing capacity of Herbalife, as well as the company’s ability to produce safe, high quality nutrition products.
“This new facility incorporates all of the knowledge we’ve gained over decades of business, along with the latest state of the art technology available today,” says Gary Tandy, Herbalife vice president of worldwide manufacturing and engineering. “I can say with confidence that this new facility is one of the most advanced in the nutrition industry as a whole.”
H.I.M. Winston-Salem also supports the Herbalife Seed to Feed commitment: an initiative to control quality throughout the entire manufacturing cycle, from the quality assurance of the raw ingredients, to the self-manufacturing of finished products in this facility. H.I.M. Winston-Salem is the Herbalife flagship facility and integral to the company’s mission of becoming the best nutrition company in the world.
The new facility produces a lot of Herbalife® product. “It’s been designed to do that, every moment of every day, from the ground up,” says Tandy. “We’ve partnered in the field with farmers to get the best ingredients, and with this new facility, we’ve put in to place the right equipment, people and procedures to ensure consistent quality.”
H.I.M. Winston-Salem produces Herbalife® nutrition products, including Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix, Herbal Aloe Concentrate, and Herbal Tea Concentrate. Nearly a third of the plant is dedicated to short-term product storage, with a large area for blending, filling and casing operations.
“Through H.I.M. Winston-Salem, we expect to ship to over 40 countries around the world,” says Herbalife chief operating officer Rich Goudis.
Expanding its commitment to improving the communities where its employees live and work, H.I.M. Winston Salem has collaborated with the Forsyth County Tech School to train and develop a highly specialized workforce in the region. More than 350 jobs have already been created, and the facility is on track to reach 500 new jobs in skilled positions, including tech operations, manufacturing, packaging and more, by the end of 2015.
“When Herbalife came to town, they really revitalized and reenergized the community,” says Alesia Adams, an Herbalife human resources coordinator. “We’re expanding opportunities for careers and the size of this facility is a testament to how big we plan to continue to grow.”
H.I.M. Winston-Salem is an opportunity for Herbalife to build credibility and trust among the general public, and confidence among Members. It’s another example of the company’s ongoing investment in product quality and supply chain. Herbalife plans to be in North Carolina for the long term and all indicators point to a bright future.
Watch members of the local business and civic community, along with Herbalife employees, express why H.I.M. Winston-Salem is great for the community:
H.I.M. Winston-Salem Fast Facts
- $130 million invested in facility, equipment and renovation
- Complies with U.S. current Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements and applicable food-safety regulations
- Estimated to produce 150 million units per year – that’s 600,000 per day
- Can output 16,000 Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix 750-gram canisters per hour
- NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices and GMP for Sport Facility Registration certifies that registered Herbalife facilities like H.I.M. Winston-Salem manufacture product in accordance with the applicable cGMP, maintain continual investment in the latest technologies, and use the latest instrumentation to test all Herbalife24™ products made in the United States.