Haribo plans to make 132 million pounds of gummi candies annually in Wisconsin

Company seeking approvals for manufacturing and warehouse buildings

Wes Saber, Haribo of America chief financial officer.
Wes Saber, Haribo of America chief financial officer.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pm

Haribo of America plans to produce 132 million pounds of gummi candies annually when the first phase of its planned Pleasant Prairie manufacturing campus is complete in the fall of 2021, according to documents submitted to the village.

The U.S. subsidiary of the German candy maker is seeking preliminary approvals for its operations on a 137-acre campus in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park, located west of I-94 and north of Highway 165.

Rendering of the Haribo manufacturing complex that will be built in Pleasant Prairie.

Haribo originally announced plans to establish operations in Wisconsin in March 2017. At the time, the project was described as a 500,000-square-foot facility with around 400 jobs. Construction was expected to begin in 2018 with production in 2020. The project is eligible for $21 million in state tax credits. 

The plans submitted to Pleasant Prairie most recently call for construction to begin in the fall of this year. A 162,500-square-foot buffer warehouse for incoming raw materials and outgoing finished product would be complete by fall 2020. Major construction of a 602,000-square-foot manufacturing facility should be done by fall 2021.

The full buildout of the campus will also include other retail and promotional operations, daycare and fitness centers, a museum and a heliport. Details for those plans were not included in the company’s most recent submission to the village.

The village plan commission is scheduled to consider the preliminary plans Monday evening.

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