When Cyrk, a large promotional materials company based in the Fryelands, went out of business in 2009, more than 300 jobs went with it, and for the last four years, the empty building has represented a gaping hole in the job market of Monroe.
Now, that many jobs and more may return, as a new tenant moves into the massive building across from Lake Tye.
The website of the City of Monroe announced recently that NFG Manufacturing, a multi-national health products company, would move into the space, bringing as many as 350 jobs to the community.
Natural Factors Group, or NFG, is a vitamin and supplement manufacturer with farms and research laboratories in Canada. The company grows many of the herbs used in its herbal preparations, and employs 50 research scientists in laboratories where products are developed and tested.
Among the company’s several hundred products are a line of vitamins and supplements, PGX weight loss formulas including protein drinks and shakes, and a large line of formulas touting such benefits as joint health, stress relief and whole-body rejuvenation.
The company’s products are based on the work of Dr. Michael Murray, a graduate and former faculty member of Bastyr University in Seattle, a leading alternative health medicine university of which Murray is on the Board of Regents.
Murray has published more than 30 books on natural approaches to health, and has appeared in Oprah Magazine.
The company has its United States distribution center in Everett, and is now establishing a presence in Monroe.
Company officials could not be reached last week for more details.
The company has a strong track record of using green technology in its business, and last year applied for LEED Certification for the tenant improvements planned in the old Cyrk building.
LEED Certification means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.
A building wins certification by earning points for use of energy, siting, using environmentally sustainable materials and about 100 other measures of environmental responsibility.