KIDK | By Jennifer McGraw
August 31, 2009
IDAHO FALLS- Melaleuca is expanding yet again here in Idaho Fallsand today the chamber of commerce is celebrating the significant impact that this new distribution center is having on the community in Idaho Falls.
I have here with me Chief Administer Officer Jan Nielsen, tell me what is so unique about this facility.
“anybody can come and tour this facility at any time and if you do you will see state of the art order induction system, so as a call is taken from our call centers, it comes straight over to this facility, it’s box is selected as its precise size and the bar code is established on it so that the order can come straight down. There is significant IT here. We can ship up to 30-thousand boxes a day and this facility employees several hundred workers so that we can service customers all through out the United States and Canada,” says Nielsen.
So the economic impact for East Idaho must be huge then?
“it is significant. We have expanded significantly. We have spent of $111-million dollars in capital expenditures. That includes this facility and several facilities behind us. The powder facility that we announced two months ago, that will be opening soon. We also have a facility larger than this that will be opening in Knoxville, Tennessee in the next 12 months,” she says.
“Our products are in great demand and we’re growing like crazy and we think we have a bright future and we’re grateful for that,” says Frank Vandersloot, CEO of Melaleuca.
Another new facility will be open within the next six months and that will supply even more jobs.