By Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press
April 29, 2010, 10:50AM
Update: Amway says job cuts, Ada warehouse closing is necessary to remain strong West Michigan employer
ADA -- Amway this morning announced it will close a West Michigan plant, shift production of some products to Europe and Asia and trim about 100 jobs from its local work force as part of a "strategic adjustment" process that reflects where it does most of its sales.
The $8.9 billion Ada-based direct sales company also said it will shift about 50 jobs into its Ada headquarters as it ends production at a plant in Lakeview, Calif., and eliminates 150 positions there.
"More than 80 percent of our customers buy our products outside the United States, and Amway needs to update its supply chain to reflect that," Amway chairman Steve Van Andel said in a press release. "As part of our long-term strategy, we are moving some production closer to customers to cut supply times and significantly reduce shipping-related costs. Some of these steps are difficult, but they will help us drive long-term growth and sustain existing jobs in all our markets." FULL STORY