Melaleuca intends to hire 200 workers
he online wellness retailer Melaleuca is opening a new distribution center and warehouse in Platte County.
The wellness retailer plans to renovate and invest at least $35.5 million into the manufacturing facility formerly occupied by Harley-Davidson, located at 11401 N. Congress Avenue, Kansas City in Platte County.
Melaleuca plans to hire a 200-person workforce in its first year of operation in Kansas City, officials said.
The new warehouse gives Melaleuca a greater capacity to distribute its 400 nature-based products in a cost-effective manner.
Melaleuca is expected to take occupancy at the 507,729-square-foot facility situated on 314 acres of land in early 2022.
The plant has been vacant since Harley-Davidson ceased production there in May of 2019 after 22 years and put it on the market for $26.5 million. When the motorcycle manufacturer shifted its operation to York, Pennsylvania, it laid off 800 local workers.
In 1985, Melaleuca began as a small company selling melaleuca oil derived from the melaleuca plant, also known as tea-trees.
The Idaho-based company has become one of the largest online wellness shopping clubs in North America.
Melaleuca says it harnesses nature’s power to make products healthier. Unlike many household cleaning products, Melaleuca claims its EcoSense brand protects consumers from harsh and dangerous chemicals.
Melaleuca is headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho.