Amway and Whirlpool end business operations in Russia

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ada-based Amway announced that it has decided to begin winding down its operations in Russia.

Starting July 1, Amway announced that it would begin to scale back its operations in Russia. The company said it would support those affected by its decision while meeting its contractual and legal obligations, according to a Wednesday press release.

The company said it was the first time in Amway’s 63-year history that it exited a market.

“What makes this decision so heartbreaking is our enduring belief in providing economic opportunity, meant for all. After exploring all possible options, we have reached a point where economic, technological, organizational and operational circumstances made it impossible to operate in Russia,” the statement read.

Amway’s presence in Russia for 17 years is significant. About half a million Russians are Amway distributors, generating about $200 million in annual sales. In MarchAmway announced that it has suspended imports of products from Russia.

Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. also announced that it is no longer doing business in Russia, confirming to News 8 in a statement that it has reached an agreement to sell its operations and sites in Russia, Kazakhstan “and other selected CIS countries” in Istanbul- based in Arçelik A.Ş.

“The company is taking this step given the current operating environment in Russia and has concluded that the agreement is the best course of action for its employees, shareholders and overall business,” Whirlpool said.

The sale was expected to be finalized in the third quarter of this year.

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