HARIBO plant coming to Wisconsin

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Haribo of America, Inc., a division of Bonn, Germany-based Haribo Group, said it will acquire a property in Kenosha County, Wis., where it plans to build its first USA manufacturing facility.

If you're a glutton for gummies, consider Kenosha County, Wisconsin your new Graceland as HARIBO has announced plans to open a new candy factory in southeastern Wisconsin. "Haribo is a great fit with the many other iconic companies that already call Wisconsin home", he said, citing the state's "business-friendly climate and strong fiscal management". Though ground for the new plant has not been broken yet, Haribo of America hopes to start production by 2020.

Founded in Bonn, western Germany in 1920, Haribo today employs around 7,000 people worldwide and makes 100m gummy bears a day.

"We have examined many different sites", LaBerge said.

According to the executive vice president of Haribo of America, Wes Saber, the new plant will be "one of the largest facilities in the confectionery industry". Haribo is expected to invest $242 million into the plant, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Walker says the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is working with Haribo to meet its needs and discuss possible incentives for the project. The facility will be built in Kenosha County in South-Eastern Wisconsin, the release states. He credited the combination of available workers, tax incentives, nearby technical colleges and universities, and a global transportation network with luring Haribo when it "can be anywhere in the world, anywhere here in North America, anywhere in the country, anywhere in the Midwest".

The factory is likely completed by 2020, according to a statement by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's Office. He says that the company has been looking for several years for a place to set up its first factory in the United States. "We are incredibly excited about this investment and the long term positive impact it will have on our entire area and residents".