Amway Global, a multi-level marketing and direct sales company, this week announced plans to transfer 93 positions from its corporate office in Ada, Michigan, in the United States, to Costa Rica within the next 12 to 15 months.
The majority of the positions will be in the finance division of the company, which is undergoing a restructuring process that aims to increase its presence in Latin America.
“Costa Rica is a primary hub for servicing the Latin American region,” said Stephen Duthie, an Amway spokesman.
“We are looking at growing in the Latin America market, and Costa Rica is a good location with proximity to our manufacturing facilities in the U.S.”
Amway sells a multitude of products, including vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, skin care and cosmetics, XS brand energy drinks and L.O.C. cleansing products. Customers buy Amway products from such sites as Shop.com and Barnes & Noble.com, as well as in stores such as Office Depot, Bass Pro Shops and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
According to Duthie, Amway reported more than $8.2 billion in sales last year, representing a 15 percent increase over the previous year.
“The move to Costa Rica is a long-term decision,” Duthie said. “It is not a decision made under duress.”
The company has not yet chosen a specific location for its Costa Rica branch.