Pharmavite LLC broke ground on a new manufacturing facility near Columbus, Ohio.
The West Hills-based health and wellness company said the new 225,000-square-foot factory in New Albany will support its Nature Made and MegaFood brands of vitamins and supplements.
Pharmavite Chief Executive Jeff Boutelle said the new faciity would enable the company to continue to grow.
“Gummies continue to be one of the fastest-growing vitamin and supplement forms within the industry, and this facility will produce gummies and be the site of Pharmavite’s Gummy Innovation Center of Excellence,” Boutelle said in a statement.
Pharmavite is investing $200 million into the new facility, along with machinery and equipment, which will create 225 new jobs in the Columbus region. The company anticipates the factory will begin production by the end of next year.
Vice President of Operations Kara Roeder said the company was pleased to join the Columbus and New Albany communities, whose strengths and values align with Pharmavite’s focus on wellness and nutrition, she said.
Pharmavite will be joining the area’s emerging science, innovation, and technology hub, thanks largely in part to the support of its public sector partners at the City of New Albany and Jobs Ohio, Roeder said.
“We’re thrilled to already have the opportunity to give back to the community through partnerships with local non-profits like Pelotonia and Healthy New Albany,” Roeder added.
Founded in 1971, Pharmavite’s last expansion took place in 2013 with a facility in Alabama, which has grown to full capacity.
Pharmavite is a subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., based in Tokyo, which acquired the San Fernando Valley company in 1989.