Candy maker Haribo is slated to start work on its first North American manufacturing plant in Pleasant Prairie, WI this September after the company’s plans were conditionally approved this month by community officials.
The Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission granted conditional approval to Haribo’s final site and operational plans for phase 1 of the project on May 11, the village announced in a press release. Haribo will develop a 136.8-acre parcel in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park, constructing a 487,000-sq-ft production facility and an 87,866-sq-ft warehouse. Several smaller utility buildings and a gatehouse will also be built at the site.
“We’re thrilled with reaching each milestone and are proud to partner with the Village of Pleasant Prairie to make that happen,” Haribo Chief Production Officer Arndt Ruesges said in the village’s release. “We founded our business on the principle of quality and inspiring moments of joy through our treats, and our new factory will help us continue that tradition and produce gummies for our consumers for generations to come.”
Haribo will hire up to 385 full-time workers when phase 1 reaches completion. Operations in Pleasant Prairie are projected to start in 2022.
The Germany-based company currently operates 16 manufacturing facilities across 10 countries.