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NOW Foods to complete new manufacturing facility this year
by Tribune Staff
Feb 10, 2012 | 3089 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SPARKS — NOW Foods, an international manufacturer and distributor of health food and nutritional supplements, announced Thursday an accelerated completion date for the second phase of its new 130,000-square-foot West Coast distribution and manufacturing facility in Sparks.

With the accelerated timeline for the manufacturing operation, NOW Foods also announced that it will begin hiring for the newly created manufacturing, management and chemist jobs beginning in March.

“Because of the business-friendly environment Nevada offers, it made sense to move so quickly here,” said Al Powers, CEO of NOW Health Group. “This is a great opportunity to accommodate our high growth rate and better serve our customers, and work with the northern Nevada community to generate positive economic movement.”

The full-time jobs being created with phase two will include manufacturing management, skilled machine operators, chemists and some warehouse and general labor with multiple shift options. Within 18 months, NOW Foods expects to hire 100 employees in northern Nevada for the manufacturing operation, along with additional hires for its distribution operation. NOW Foods, based in Bloomingdale, Ill., currently operates a distribution facility at 990 Packer Way in Sparks, which opened in 2003.

“The high quality workforce in northern Nevada will reduce the need to relocate most of our management level employees as we will be able to hire qualified managers and scientists right here,” said Jim Emme, president of NOW Foods. “The exceptional and educated work force that the region has to offer is another reason NOW Foods is excited to increase its operations in northern Nevada.”

Originally scheduled to be completed in 2014, NOW Foods worked closely with United Construction Company to expedite phase two of the project, moving the completion date to the third quarter of 2012. Phase one of the project, which includes the warehouse/distribution facility built by UCC, is scheduled to be completed in March.

“United Construction has been an incredible partner in making phase two a reality,” Emme said. “We have a great deal of trust in United Construction to be able to meet our accelerated goals with this project. We have also received great support from elected and appointed officials in Nevada, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, who understand our regulatory challenges and who has given NOW Foods the confidence to move forward with this project. The city of Sparks, EDAWN and The Chamber also played large roles in this project, assisting us in overcoming any obstacles that we faced to achieve and meet our accelerated timeline for the project.”

Once the manufacturing improvements are complete later this year, NOW Foods will have the ability to manufacture and ship its products regionally, versus shipping all products from its Midwest operation, creating a more efficient and sustainable business model. NOW Foods’ manufacturing facility in Sparks will prevent the need for off-shore manufacturing of products to meet NOW Foods’ customer demand.

With the completion of the manufacturing operation in Sparks, NOW Foods will have invested more than $20 million into the operation in northern Nevada, the company’s largest single facility investment ever.

The project is located at 575 Vista Blvd. The new facility consists of 70,000 square feet of warehousing and distribution, 50,000 square feet of manufacturing, 6,000 square feet of office and 4,000 square feet of cooler/freezer space. NOW Foods will pursue USGBC LEED Silver Certification for the new Sparks facility by meeting or exceeding the local development and green building standards.

Online application for the NOW Foods jobs will begin in March at
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