Haribo, which is famous for its gummy bears, planned to build its first plant in the United States, which is also the first plant in North America.
Haribo was founded in 1920, and currently has 7,000 employees around the world at 16 sites in 10 countries. The company planned to buy property in Wisconsin for the first plant and to start making confectionery in Pleasant Prairie, near Kenosha, from 2020. Haribo planned to hire 400 people in southeast Wisconsin.
“Haribo of America is the fastest-growing candymaker in the U.S.,” Hans Guido Riegel, the managing partner of Haribo, said in the statement.
“That is why the step to start with local production from 2020 is important to us,” Riegel said. He also added that the company has been looking for a manufacturing site in the U.S. for several years.
“On behalf of the state, I want to thank HARIBO for its decision to establish its North American manufacturing operations in Kenosha County, and I applaud the company for its commitment to Wisconsin,” said the Governor Scott Walker. “The state’s business-friendly climate and strong fiscal management, along with our dedicated workforce and reliable infrastructure, are among the many reasons HARIBO decided Wisconsin was the right choice for this facility.”