A company that makes dietary supplements is planning to shut its Missoula location at the end of September and has given layoff notices to scores of employees.
Elite One Source, located at 1001 S. Third St. W., employed local workers to manufacture dietary supplements and other custom products. As of October of 2021, the company reporting having 120 local employees, including managers, chemists, cleaners and product blenders. Earlier this year, the company announced a merger with a Florida company called Ion Labs, and the new company was then called Ion Nutritional Labs.
Now, the Missoula factory is being closed down and almost everyone is out of a job, unless they are offered and accept a position in Florida.
“It is with deep regret that we are announcing to close our Montana operations on 30 September 2023,” said Greg Menke, who was CEO of Elite One Source before the merger and now has an upper-level position with Ion Nutritional Labs. “Post the COVID-driven surge in consumer demand for nutritional products in the US, the market is experiencing a correction as consumers, retailers and brand owners adjust their stock levels. The decision to cease operations in Montana has been extremely difficult and we are supporting