Bloomingdale, Illinois manufacturing and distribution facility
Built in 1998 and designed by Louis Richard, Elwood Richard’s brother, our Bloomingdale manufacturing and distribution plant is a 263,000 square foot facility with a thermostatically-controlled, space-maximizing warehouse and temperature-sensitive storage and refrigeration areas.
Our primary manufacturing facility also contains several in-house laboratories. Not only does this expedite the testing of raw materials, samples, and finished products, it allows for a level of quality control that is virtually unmatched within the natural products industry.
Our Bloomingdale facility is at the heart of our manufacturing and distribution network and strongly supports our ability to achieve consistent levels of product quality, efficacy, and safety.
Testing is fundamental
The testing of raw materials, in-process formulas and finished products is an ongoing responsibility at NOW. Experienced, educated, and highly trained technicians rely on the latest technology to perform a variety of tests throughout the entire manufacturing process. These include identity, potency, microbial, organoleptic, and contamination tests.
While each type of test is important in manufacturing quality products, microbial testing is critical to ensure that NOW products are safe and free of biological contamination. A technologically-advanced, in-house microbiology lab allows NOW scientists to provide unparalleled quality microbiological control in a timely manner, using rapid method analysis.
NOW has made substantial investments in the development and staffing of our various in-house laboratories. Also, NOW is one of the very few vitamin suppliers capable of testing for microbes in-house, allowing for greater control standards.
NOW’s investment ensures that the company will be able to meet ever increasing demands for accurate product analysis of herbal and nutritional raw materials, as well as finished consumer products.
Sparks, Nevada manufacturing and distribution facility
NOW’s commitment to sustainability
NOW’s Sparks, Nevada facility is a green facility built to adhere to LEED program specifications, which supports NOW’s focus on environmental and sustainability initiatives. Our Sparks facility is LEED Silver certified.
The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program is an internationally recognized, green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators with a concise framework to identify and implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED certification provides third-party verification that a building is designed and constructed according to the following metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
The Sparks facility includes the following sustainability measures:
Site selection and construction management are important components for a project’s sustainability:
- The facility site was selected for urban infill and located near various basic community resources
- The site has preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles– in addition to on-site bicycle storage, showers and changing areas for company employees – to promote alternative forms of transportation
- A white “cool roof” reduces the Heat Island Effect (a phenomenon of increased temperatures in densely populated areas that are constructed with dark paving and roofing materials, which trap and absorb heat during the day)
- Measures to mitigate the disruption and pollution of natural on-site water flows
Buildings are major users of our potable water supply. The goal of this credit category is to encourage efficient use of water, inside and out, to reduce the burden on municipal water supply:
- Dual-flush 1.6 / 1.1 gallons per flush (gpf) toilets, which save approximately 20% over standard 1.6 gpf toilets
- “Pint flush” urinals, which save approximately 80% over standard 1.0 gpf urinals
- 1.6 gallon per minute (gpm) showers, which save nearly 40% over standard 2.5 gpm showers
- 1.6 gallon per minute kitchen sinks, which save approximately 40% over standard 2.5 gallon-per-minute sinks
- Native, drought-tolerant landscaping with a high-efficiency irrigation system, which saves more than 405,000 gallons of water annually
Our Sparks facility uses approximately 30% less potable water than a conventional office space with standard fixtures. This will result in an estimated savings of more than 63,320 gallons of potable water per year.
Energy and Atmosphere
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings use 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the United States.
Our Sparks facility has the following energy-efficiency measures to reduce its negative environmental impact:
- High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting systems, including daylight responsive controls
- High-efficiency HVAC systems, including economizer cycle capabilities
- Rooftop, grid-connected, photovoltaic system to provide approximately 2% of the building’s estimated annual energy use
- Energy measurement and verification system designed into the building’s network to provide ongoing accountability of energy consumption over time
The above strategies yield design calculations that indicate the Sparks facility saves approximately 24% energy compared to a similar building that’s built to minimum code standards.
Materials and Resources
During both the construction and operations phases, buildings generate a great deal of waste and use many materials and resources.
Our Sparks facility employed the following strategies to preserve materials during the construction process and in daily operations:
- Recycling stations throughout the building allow employees to separately collect plastic, paper, cardboard, metals and glass
- Diversion of approximately 83% of all construction waste from landfills to recycling centers during the construction process
- Priority was given to building materials that were sourced locally and composed of recycled content
- Natural wood building materials were provided by sources that practice environmentally responsible forest management and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Indoor Environmental Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend about 90% of their day indoors, where the air quality can be significantly worse than outside.
The Indoor Environmental Quality credit category promotes strategies that can improve indoor air as well as providing access to natural daylight and views and improving acoustics.
We approached our indoor environmental quality needs in the following ways:
- All adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings were selected with low- or no-levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Each private office includes individual control of HVAC systems
- A comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Management Plan was followed during construction and a building “flush out” period was provided prior to occupancy
- Smoking is prohibited on the premises
- Building owner and management has developed a Green Cleaning Policy to reduce exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminates, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems and the environment
In 2012 NOW purchased and occupied our current corporate office building in Bloomingdale, just minutes away from our Glen Ellyn Road plant. Our corporate office address is:
244 Knollwood Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Our corporate offices are home to numerous employees and departments, including Corporate, Administration, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Customer Service, Accounting, Technology, Purchasing, and others. This facility was purchased with future growth in mind and has adequate space for expansion.