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Melaleuca Celebrates the Holidays by Filling Pantries and Donating Toys

Melaleuca Reaches Sales Milestone

Melaleuca opens new facility in Knox County

Melaleuca Wins Court Ruling

Melaleuca Wins Ruling Against Defamation Claim

Melaleuca Dumps Old Vitamins

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Melaleuca Celebrates the Holidays by Filling Pantries and Donating Toys

Press Release | 12/22/2013

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, Dec. 20, 2013 -- Melaleuca and hundreds of its employees have been quietly spreading holiday cheer around Southeast Idaho, making the season a little brighter for children and families in need. Because of Melaleuca's charitable efforts, dozens of local families will have stocked pantries this winter and hundreds of children will have new presents under their Christmas trees.

After purchasing 12,500 pounds of food to help families in need, Melaleuca identified and assisted several families from Ashton to Pocatello who are suffering extreme hardship. Each family received a three-month supply of non-perishable food, 40 pounds of meat, along with new clothing and toys for the children. Melaleuca also donated more than 1,000 cans of food to help the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen.

Melaleuca employees also helped Santa by generously purchasing new toys for 300 children who they adopted through The Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree program. They donated new toys, books, video games, sporting equipment, gift certificates, art supplies, coats, snow boots, and other clothing for children ranging from infants to teenagers. Over the past six weeks, many employees in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg customer call centers opted to trade all or a portion of their incentive checks for presents going toward children who otherwise might not have had anything to open this Christmas.

Melaleuca has participated in The Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree program for 12 years now. Salvation Army volunteers will wrap and distribute the gifts in the coming days.

"With the need greater than ever, we appreciate Melaleuca's significant charitable contributions and its steady commitment to improving the Idaho Falls community," the Salvation Army's Major James Halverson said. "We appreciate Melaleuca's mission of enhancing lives, which shows in its desire to help disadvantaged children smile a little brighter and receive a Christmas gift this year."

Melaleuca Reaches Sales Milestone

Npros.com | 12/21/2011

On December 20, 2011, Melaleuca celebrated reaching $1 billion in annual revenues for the first time in its 26-year history. The company celebration was broadcast around the globe via the Internet.

Melaleuca, which was founded 26 years ago, has almost 300,000 independent sales associates and employs over 3,000 people worldwide.

Melaleuca opens new facility in Knox County

Npros.com | 8/24/2010

Over the next ten years, Knox County will be gaining an estimated 500 jobs as the rapidly expanding Melaleuca operations at Forks of the River Industrial Park become stable. The Idaho-based supplier of nutritional supplements is expected to rake in an estimated $900 million in profits and plans to exceed that figure annually.

"I suspect it is probably four or five new jobs immediately, but I am going to forecast probably 45 to 55 jobs a year at this facility," said Frank Vandersloot. "But that is long term as we grow. So over the next 10 years this will add over 500 jobs."

According to Vandersloot, The original Melaleuca facility had been used for production and distribution which will change when the new facility takes over distribution, allowing the old building to remain as a production plant. Once fully staffed, the new distribution center will make full use of the latest automated processes and allow the Knox County operation to triple its number of shipments to about 300,000 packages per month.

Melaleuca is a producer of cleaning supplies, nutritional supplements, and personal care products that distributes its products via its associates whom function as direct marketers. Associates make a profit by signing up customers and earning bonuses on products those customers purchase.

When Melaleuca came to Knoxville 17 years ago, the company was looking for an East coast-based location to serve as its manufacturing and distribution center, however its first choice was not Knoxville according to Vandersloot.

Research led the company to buying and hiring workers in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., however, few people applied for the jobs and of those that did, few performed well. It was decided to move operations elsewhere, Vandersloot said.

Initially, the Knoxville Chamber began recruiting Melaleuca, but faced the hurdle of the company's reluctance to commit to a community unless it felt sure the needs of its workforce would be met. The organization persuaded Melaleuca to run blind newspaper ads offering jobs in Knoxville to see what happened.

"We needed to show them that we could get the employees because that was their biggest concern," said, Rhonda Rice, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber.

Melaleuca Wins Court Ruling

Press Release | 5/17/2010

A three-year battle between Melaleuca and a former employee has ended. Melaleuca C.E.O., Frank Vandersloot received the 34-page ruling Tuesday from the Seventh Judicial District, dismissing all remaining claims by Jeff Wasden. Wasden accused Melaleuca of slandering his name.

"Fortunately, this litigation has not had any impact at all on our business. Nobody ever wants to be sued and this is a very unfortunate reason that this ever came about in the first place. But we wish this former employee, Jeff Wasden well, he did a good job for us; the judge decided in our favor and we wish him well, but as far as Melaleuca's business goes, it's business as usual," Vandersloot tells Eyewitness News.

Melaleuca Wins Ruling Against Defamation Claim

Npros.com | 5/16/2010

After a prolonged three year legal battle between Melaleuca and a former employee, a judge delivered a 34-page ruling on Tuesday in the Seventh Judicial District court dismissing all remaining claims by Jeff Wasden.

Wasden had filed suit claiming that Melaleuce slandered his name.

CEO Frank Vandersloot commented that the litigation had no impact on Meleleuca's business.

Melaleuca Dumps Old Vitamins

Npros.com | 1/20/2010

Melaleuca has dumped approximately 15 tons of vitimins into a Bonneville County landfill to make room for new and more effective supplements.

Filling almost twelve dump trucks, the 10.4 million dollars worth of inventory was disposed of after Melaleuca clamined to have come up with a better way to allow vitamins to be absorbed into the body.

CEO Frank Vandersloot said, "...once you know you've got a better product, you ought to get rid of the old and move to the new."

While watching the dumping of the inventory, VanderSloot stated, "it is really painful to plow under 10-million dollars worth of product, but it's really exciting to know where we are going, that we've really got products that will do the people a lot more good than the products they've been using for the last 50 years in nutritional supplements. So it's painful to do this, but I'm really excited about the future for us and for people in general, for humankind."

Max International Blocked from Recruiting Melaleuca Employees

Npros.com | 1/14/2010

A Utah-based company was issued a restraining order last week, temporarily restricting the recruitment of any past or present marketing affiliates of Melaleuca, a health and home products corporation. Max International was issued a restraining order by U.S. District Judge William Downes, as the result of having allegedly conspired to have current employees that were former Melaleuca marketing executives approach their former co-workers in an attempt at recruitment. Max International was also ordered to pay $10,000,000 as a result of the lawsuit. A statement was issued by Max International stating that it would adhere to the ruling but chastised Melaleuca for using the law to infringe on the rights of its employees by deciding where they would be able to work.

Melaleuca sells hundreds of household products such as vitamins, detergents, candles and hygiene products and employs over 3,000 people. In 2008 the company generated close to $900 million in profits in addition to employee commissions.

Max International contended that while it isn't contractually obligated to Melaleuca, it never lead any of its associates to recruiting events and also argued that those the Idaho-based company had accused were independent contractors and not employed by Max International.

After making it clear that Melaleuca would suffer "devastating" and irreparable harm if the allegations against Max are true, Judge Downes wrote: "Intrinsic to the success of the direct-marketing business model is the network of customers each Marketing Executive builds.". He also stated that "Should Max be shown to have recruited top-selling members of these networks, they will undoubtedly take the lower-level branches with them when they depart Melaleuca." and finished by explaining that if the Utah company isn't recruiting Melaleuca employees, then it can suffer no harm from being barred from doing so in the future.

Former Melaleuca employee ordered to pay back 240K

Npros.com | 1/10/2010

Jeff Wasden, the former vice president of marketing for Melaleuca Inc. has been ordered by a state judge to pay reparations amounting to over $240,000 for breaking a former agreement not to criticize Frank VanderSloot, the company president.

The ruling was made by a state judge after Mr. Wasden was found in violation of the 2006 agreement for having made written statements that were critical of company president VanderSloot, and was to receive over $300,000 for agreeing not to make any negative statements about the company, its policies, products, ideals or employees.

Wasden allegedly sent e-mails, a letter, and a statement to the Idaho Legislature describing VanderSloot, as well as his methods as being hypocritical, while also claiming that his management tactics were based on fear and intimidation.

Despite Wasden's rejection of the verdict, judge Greg Moeller conferred that any validity to his appeal was void based on the fact that Greg Wasden violated an agreement.

Melaleuca Sues Max International

Npros.com | 12/4/2009

Melaleuca has apparently filed suit in Federal court against Max International and its top sales executives and several former Melaleuca reps.

According to the Idaho Business Review:

Idaho health and home products company Melaleuca Inc. accuses a Utah company of raiding some of its top sales staff, infringing on company trade secrets and competing unfairly.

Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca filed a lawsuit in federal court Nov. 16 against Max International, its top sales executive and dozens of former Melaleuca sales executives.

The complaint seeks more than $10 million in damages and asks a judge to issue an injunction that would stop future sales staff raids. The lawsuit also seeks to cancel a meeting scheduled for Nov. 21 that’s described as another attempt by Max International to lure away top Melaleuca sales talent and their customer data …

The lawsuit accuses Max of attracting at least eight of Melaleuca’s best sales staff in the last year and encouraging each to recruit Melaleuca customers, sales staff and others …

The lawsuit accuses Max of luring Melaleuca sales staff with lucrative payments and using information from those Melaleuca business reports, causing former Melaleuca employees to violate noncompete agreements that are designed to prevent workers from using inside knowledge to benefit a direct competitor.

The lawsuit accuses Max of attracting at least eight of Melaleuca’s best sales staff in the last year and encouraging each to recruit Melaleuca customers, sales staff and others.

Melaleuca is asking for a jury trial and for a judge to issue a restraining order barring Max from recruiting more Melaleuca sales staff. It also seeks a restraining order on a sales presentation planned by Max on Nov. 21 in Atlanta because it “promises to be another unlawful raid of Melaleuca marketing executives.”

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Melaleuca Gives Employees Longevity Payments

KTVB | 11/16/2009

The Idaho Falls-based health care products company Melaleuca Inc. has handed out about $1.35 million to its employees under a program that pays workers who stay with the company long-term.

The Post Register reports that the company says it gave the longevity checks to 126 employees who reached milestones of continuous employment during its annual meeting Thursday.

The company employs about 3,400 workers worldwide. It sells powdered drinks, lotions, detergent, shampoos and other household products.

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Melaleuca in the Caspar Star Tribune

Casper Star-Tribune Online | 11/16/2009

The Idaho Falls-based health care products company Melaleuca Inc. has handed out about $1.35 million to its employees under a program that pays workers who stay with the company long-term. The Post Register reports that the company gave the longevity checks during its annual meeting Thursday to 126 employees who reached milestones of continuous employment. Chief Administrative Officer Jann Nielsen says employees received $5,000 for five years of continuous employment, $10,000 for 10 years, and $15,000 for 15 years.

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Melaleuca Expansion in the Idaho News

Npros.com | 9/3/2009

IDAHO FALLS - Melaleuca is expanding yet again here in Idaho Falls and today the chamber of commerce is celebrating the significant impact that this new distribution center is having on the community in Idaho Falls.

I have here with me Chief Administer Officer Jan Nielsen, tell me what is so unique about this facility.

"anybody can come and tour this facility at any time and if you do you will see state of the art order induction system, so as a call is taken from our call centers, it comes straight over to this facility, it's box is selected as its precise size and the bar code is established on it so that the order can come straight down. There is significant IT here. We can ship up to 30-thousand boxes a day and this facility employees several hundred workers so that we can service customers all through out the United States and Canada," says Nielsen.

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Groundbreaking for Melaleuca Expansion

Knoxville News Sentinel | 8/27/2009

Melaleuca Inc., which manufactures nutritional and pharmaceutical products, will hold a ground breaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday for a $22 million expansion of its Forks of the River distribution center.

The new 231,000-square-foot distribution center at 5301 National Drive will have five incoming and 11 outgoing docks and additional docks could be added, according to a press release from the Knoxville Chamber.

Based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, privately-owned Melaleuca has about 480 Knoxville employees, according to the 2009 News Sentinel Book of Lists.

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Melaleuca Issues Voluntary Recall on Peanut Products

Press Release | 2/17/2009

Melaleuca, Inc., of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has issued a voluntary recall of select lots of Attain® Nutrition Bars Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor, ProFlex15™ Protein Bars Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor, and ProFlex20™ Protein Bars Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor in response to an expanded recall by Peanut Corporation of America ( PCA ). The FDA is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella linked to PCA’s Blakely, GA peanut and peanut product manufacturing facility.

Melaleuca has always taken seriously its responsibility to safeguard its products against contamination from bacteria such as Salmonella. Salmonella is not to be taken lightly. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It can cause flu like symptoms in healthy people. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections ( i.e., infected aneurysms ), endocarditis and arthritis.

Melaleuca Recall in the Charleston Daily Mail

Daily Mail | 2/14/2009

In a Feb. 12 story about the recall of peanut products as a part of the salmonella outbreak, The Associated Press -- relying on information from the company -- reported erroneous lot numbers for protein bars that are being recalled by Melaleuca Inc.

The recall includes chocolate peanut butter flavored ProFlex15 protein bars in lot numbers F7052, F7062, I7002, and I7012 and ProFlex20 protein bars in lot numbers F7082P and F7092P.

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Melaleuca Moves Into New Building

LocalNews8.com | 2/4/2009

Melaleuca has a new home in Idaho Falls, and Monday managers showed it off. Members from the community came out for the ribbon cutting and to see the new store. With the state the economy is in, Melaleuca is doing quite well. It's even hit record highs, reporting a twenty eight million dollar increase in 2008.

The company leaders think a big reason they're doing so well is because of the way they advertise.

Melaluca CEO Frank Vandersloot said, "You can't say much in a 30 second spot but when your friend, or mother, or family member, someone you trust comes and tells you this product is really good, it's really good. We think that's the way to get the word out and that puts a lot of pressure on us to have good products. People wouldn't say good things about them if they weren't good."

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Melaleuca Reports Record Sales

KPVI-TV | 2/4/2009

A long-time Idaho Falls business that has made a name for itself around the world opens a new store to better serve its customers.

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting Monday, welcoming Melaleuca's product store to its new location on Broadway, just a block away from its old location. Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman thanked Vandersloot for keeping his store in the downtown area and thanked him for his continual support to the city.

Vandersloot said the look of this new store is similar to ones in other countries like Taiwan, where the Melaleuca products are popular. He said the Idaho Falls location needed to expand to assist the growing number of Idaho customers get what they need from cleaning supplies to beauty products.

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Melaleuca in the Seattle Weekly

Seattle Weekly | 11/28/2007

At the end of October, a post appeared on Craigslist asking for people interested in preserving the environment and maintaining a healthy, chemical-free lifestyle. And really, who in Seattle isn't?

But the ad wasn't for a product, service or cohousing community; it was offering the chance to, yes, build your own home-based business.

Multilevel marketing—the pyramidlike (but only like!) business model made famous by Amway and Mary Kay—has, inevitably, gone green. Melaleuca, a household-products company based in Idaho (named for the plant from which tea tree oil is derived) is actively recruiting in the Puget Sound area.

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