Largest Digital Shopping Club in North America Expands Operations into KCMO

In Business Development, Jobs by EDCKC Staff

Melaleuca, Inc. has announced plans to  increase its distribution footprint into the Kansas City market by occupying the 508,000-sq.-ft.  distribution center at 11401 N. Congress Avenue in Kansas City, MO, the former Harley  Davidson Plant.  

As a manufacturer and online retailer of over 450 exclusive health and wellness products,  Melaleuca, Inc. has grown into one of America’s largest online retailers, offering wellness  products in the categories of nutrition, personal care, home cleaning and cosmetics.  Melaleuca’s formulas rely on innovative scientific research to identify and amplify the benefits of  naturally-based ingredients, and its products are free from harmful toxins and chemicals that  negatively impact consumers and the environment. Recently, the company was ranked by  Forbes magazine as ‘One of America’s Best Employers.’ 

A team from the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDCKC), led by  Director of Business Development, Brandon Smith, along with members of the Kansas City  Area Development Council (KCADC), collaborated to attract Melaleuca to Kansas City.  

“Melaleuca selected to expand into Kansas City for many reasons, such as its business-friendly  environment, the hard-working and talented workforce and its strategic position in the center of  the country,” said Melaleuca CEO, Frank VanderSloot. “Additionally, our new Kansas City plant  perfectly complements the more than one million square feet of existing  

manufacturing/distribution space that Melaleuca now operates in Idaho and Tennessee,  allowing Melaleuca products to reach our customers’ doorsteps even faster than ever.” 

Melaleuca, Inc. will be receiving personal property tax abatement solely through the Chapter 100 Program and the company has committed to creating 202 new full-time employees in the  first 24 months of operation, with an average wage of $40,500. The company has estimated  they will be investing a total of $35.5M, $13M of that will be in personal property machinery and  equipment, and the other $21.5M in real estate and tenant improvements. 

“Melaleuca’s expansion into Kansas City, Missouri is significant for our community, and the new  jobs created will help more Kansas Citians prosper through these challenging economic times,”  said T’Risa McCord, interim President CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of  Kansas City, Missouri. “I’d like to thank the company’s leadership for not only their investment in  our great City, but also their commitment to a purpose focused on health and wellness.” 

EDCKC was proud to work with a number of regional partners in attracting Melaleuca, Inc., to  Kansas City, Missouri, including: The State of Missouri, Missouri Partnership, City of Kansas  City, Missouri, Kansas City Area Development Council, Platte County Economic Development  Council, Cushman & Wakefield – Whitney Kerr Jr. and Alec Blackwell, Olsson, Evergy, Spire  Energy and KC SmartPort.

About the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri  The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDCKC), is a 501c4 agency  that works to retain and grow its resident businesses, attract high opportunity companies to  locate in the city, and attract and retain a skilled and diverse workforce all to ensure a vibrant  community and growing, self-sustaining economy.  

To learn more, visit edckc.com. 

About Melaleuca, Inc.  

Based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Melaleuca is a privately held health products manufacturer that  produces and sells more than 450 exclusive wellness products for nearly two million households  in 19 countries who shop with the company each month. Generating $2 billion in annual sales  revenues with over 4,800 employees around the world, Melaleuca is one of the largest online  retailers in North America and the largest manufacturers of consumer-packaged goods in the  Northwest United States. Visit melaleuca.com for more information.