doterra production line

doTerra packaging employee Garrett Bronk checks finished peppermint oil bottles at the new dōTERRA production facility on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Utah has been a breeding ground for multi-level-marketing (MLM) companies, and Utah County definitely seems to have more than its fair share. Dotting the landscape from Nu Skin in Provo, to doTERRA, Jamberry Nails, Younique and Young Living in the north, 2015 saw a surge of growth with these types of companies.

DoTERRA doubled its building footprint in Pleasant Grove this year, while Younique took over a huge warehouse in Lehi and is currently building a massive office building nearby. Young Living recently opened another building for its employees in American Fork, and Jamberry Nails grew too big for its small original headquarters in Lindon. Not only are these companies expanding their physical presence, but they are regularly expanding across the globe.

Still, while most local MLMs are currently very successful, there are still those that flounder. When Provo-based WakeUpNow closed its doors in February, many locals shook their heads with an “I told you so” sort of nod, as residents here seem to either really love these businesses or really dislike them.

Kurt Hanson is the Breaking News and Courts reporter for the Daily Herald. He can be reached via email at khanson@heraldextra.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hansonherald.

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