02/2023: HARIBO successfully continues to build a manufacturing facility in Kenosha County. Production is scheduled to start in 2023. German company HARIBO has chosen the state of Wisconsin as the location for the production facility, which will be the first of its kind in North America. Until now, all HARIBO products have been imported from eight different HARIBO plants.
HARIBO was drawn to the state’s friendly business climate, strong fiscal management, well-maintained infrastructure and skilled workforce. The Wisconsin attributes that appealed to the company included shared values (strong work ethic, diverse talent and a warm welcome); the location (a short distance from O’Hare Airport and access to a major interstate highway, I-94); the lot size (allowed for multiple project phases on large acreage); and collaboration among industry trade groups, economic development organizations, and officials at various levels of state and local government.
According to Rick La Berge, COO and EVP of HARIBO of America “HARIBO will invest well above $300 million in our state-of-the-art facility, the largest project in our 100- year history. In addition to that investment, we’re going to create up to 385 direct HARIBO jobs in phase one of our build and up to 4,200 indirect jobs upon completion of our full build, as per an independent economic study. It’s important to us to be exemplary corporate citizens and give back to the places where we live and work, so we’re proud of the relationships we’ve already built as we become part of the fabric of the community.”
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