Vita-Mix Breaks Ground on $10M Expansion of Olmsted Falls World Headquarters

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor The Vita-Mix Corp. broke ground last week on a $10 million expansion of its world headquarters in Olmsted Falls. The increasing demand for high-performance blending equipment both nationally and in more than 80 countries worldwide has convinced the renowned blender manufacturer of the need to expand its current facility. More than 400 [...]

The Vita-Mix Corp. broke ground last week on a $10 million expansion of its world headquarters in Olmsted Falls. The increasing demand for high-performance blending equipment both nationally and in more than 80 countries worldwide has convinced the renowned blender manufacturer of the need to expand its current facility.

More than 400 Vita-Mix employees, company officials and guests, among them Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, took part in the groundbreaking ceremony. Vitamix blenders on pedestals fired up simultaneously, turning fresh fruits and vegetables into healthy green smoothies, while serving staff circulated throughout the crowd offering everyone a glass, and a toast was held to the employees and the company.

In 2010, the company finished a $6 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion. It included a 33,000-square-foot warehouse expansion that recently received LEED Silver certification. The new, 51,000-square-foot expansion will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will entail construction of a 15,000-square-foot, $2 million expansion of the company’s engineering department. The second phase includes an $8 million, three-story, 36,000-square-foot addition that will increase Vita-Mix’s total office, conference and meeting space by more than 20 percent. The new expansion will be built according to LEED standards.

“We’ve built our business over the past 91 years by staying true to our mission of improving the vitality of people’s lives by producing the best blending equipment in the world,” stated company president & CEO Jodi Berg in a press release. “This expansion will enable us to keep innovating and changing the way professional chefs and home cooks around the world think about food and beverage preparation.”

Owned and operated by the Barnard family since 1921, Vita-Mix engages in the design, manufacture and distribution of food blending machines. The past three years have been good to the company. It has doubled its sales and increased international exports by 80 percent. It has also increased its workforce by 45 percent, currently employing approximately 500 people. Vita-Mix plans to hire at least 100 more workers by the end of 2012.