Life’s Abundance Puts Down Roots in Asheville with New Office Building Investment
Asheville, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2022) – In conjunction with the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), today Life’s Abundance announced plans to locate new corporate offices in Asheville, NC. The health and wellness company recently acquired 141 Asheland Avenue with plans to invest over $2.85 million in real property, renovations and improvements. Located in the South Slope District of Downtown Asheville, the office will support as many as 13 employees, with future expansion through new construction that will support up to 50 people in coming years. Job openings are currently available for roles in content creation, marketing and information technology.
Founded in 1998, Life’s Abundance is a purpose-driven company that strives to empower the whole family, including pets, to live happier, healthier lives. They believe that the products you put in your body, on your body and use in your home matter. Popular product lines include premium pet food and supplements as well as clean health and beauty products for the consumer. Consistently profitable for nearly two decades, the company currently operates across 9 locations in North America which includes manufacturing, distribution and corporate offices with $60 million in sales in 2021.
“We’re really happy to be in Asheville and are excited to grow here long term. The culture of the area is so welcoming and aligns with our purpose and core values,“ shared President and CEO Lester Thornhill. “Another appeal for us was a shared drive toward sustainability, and we look forward to plugging into a community that is committed to it as well.”
Company leadership subscribes to Evergreen business practices, characterized by the tenets of purpose, perseverance, and people first while driving profit, paced growth and pragmatic innovation as a privately held company. In 2019, Life’s Abundance was named to the Forbes Small Giants: Best Small Companies List. The magazine recognized 25 companies for innovative customer service, rewarding workplaces and commitment to community benefit. In recent years, Life’s Abundance has invested in solar power, eliminated unnecessary single-use plastic in their products, and made significant strides in more ecologically friendly consumer packaging. Additionally, Life’s Abundance has planted over one million trees to date and are on track to plant two million trees by 2025. The company also encourages community impact through staff VTO benefits (Volunteer Time Off) and through the work of the company’s 501(c)3 arm, The Dr. Jane Foundation, committing 97% of funding to direct care for neglected and abused animals.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Life’s Abundance Team to their new home in Buncombe County,” said Brownie Newman, Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. “Corporate leadership and business practices like these are critical to advancing our broader community goals of environmental stewardship, resident well-being and a more vibrant economy.”
“Corporate investments like these are an important part of expanding and diversifying economic opportunity,” noted Esther Manheimer, Mayor of the City of Asheville. “With a reputation for eco-friendly products, employee ownership and corporate philanthropy, Life’s Abundance joins a fast-growing and like-minded business community here in Asheville.”
“Like a growing number of purpose-driven businesses in Western North Carolina, Life’s Abundance proves that good business is about bringing people together to do something important in service of customers, employees and the communities in which we live,” stated Jay Richardson, Board Chair of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville – Buncombe County.
For more information about the company, visit https://lifesabundance.com or this company profile by Forbes. For more information about open jobs, visit their company profile page at Life’s Abundance Careers | The Applicant Manager. Pet parents, health advocates and nature lovers are encouraged to apply!
About the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County
The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions. The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, Riverbird Research, and marketing and recruitment. The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.
About Asheville Chamber of Commerce
For more than 120 years, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has been the catalyst for economic vitality in our community. The Asheville Chamber connects more than 1,550 member organizations, both large and small, representing more than 80,000 employees, to valuable resources such as economic development and research, business education, marketing opportunities and advocacy. Asheville Chamber initiatives have stimulated economic development, influenced public policy and supported the growth of thousands of local and regional businesses. Learn more at www.ashevillechamber.org.