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Construction on Wisconsin HARIBO facility to begin 'as soon as possible'

Posted at 10:09 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 11:09:48-04

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Construction on the new HARIBO facility in Pleasant Prairie is expected to begin as soon as possible, the company announced Monday.

HARIBO has selected Milwaukee based Gilbane Building Company as the general contractor for the new facility.

Gilbane will be in charge of all construction and on-site management, according to a press release. And that construction will begin "as soon as possible in 2020."

The facility will be the first HARIBO manufacturing facility in North America and will be 136.8 acres.

"It's a great honor to partner with HARIBO, and we're so pleased we earned the team's trust to deliver this world-class manufacturing complex," said Adam Jelen, senior vice president of Gilbane Building Company. "We're looking forward to the next steps on this exciting project and to continuing our longstanding commitment to Southeast Wisconsin."

According to a press release from HARIBO, this development is the largest investment the company has made in its 100-year history, with $300 million going into the state-of-the-art facility.

"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," said Wes Saber, chief financial officer, HARIBO of America.

Following the announcement from HARIBO, Governor Tony Evers issued a statement saying in part, “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.”

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