Haribo to build Wisconsin campus ‘as soon as possible’

Haribo of America will begin construction later this year on its gummi production campus in Pleasant Prairie.

Construction on the 136.8-acre facility along I-94 is going to begin “as soon as possible” in 2020, according to Haribo’s release. It’s the largest project in the company’s 100-year history.

“HARIBO is the fastest growing confectionery brand in the U.S. I’m proud that its products will be made right here in Wisconsin,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “We warmly welcome HARIBO to a long list of family-run enterprises that form the economic backbone of our state, making best-in-class products that reach every corner of the globe.”

According to Haribo CFO Wes Saber, the company will invest “well above” $300 million in the facility. Saber also cited a 385 job count for phase one of its build and up to 4,200 indirect jobs upon completion of its project.

“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,” he said.

Haribo has selected Gilbane Building Company of Milwaukee as the general contractor for its first-ever North American manufacturing facility.

“HARIBO’s commitment to quality, excellence and joy makes it precisely the kind of company we want and can well support in Wisconsin,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “The company is a perfect fit with our food production tradition, and joins an enviable roster of iconic consumer brands that call Wisconsin home.”

Kenosha County Exec. Jim Kreuser and Village of Pleasant Prairie Administrator Nathan Thiel also gave Harbio a warm welcome to the region, citing the company’s “outstanding” corporate citizenship and significant investment to the local economy.

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