Haribo, Haribo. Kids and grown-ups love them so, and soon they’ll be made right here in the U.S. As CNN reports, German gummy maker Haribo announced March 23 it will open its first U.S. factory in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.
The 500,000-square-foot facility will be the third-largest confectionary plant in the country, and will employ some 400 people. Construction is set to begin next year, and capital investment in the first phase is a whopping $242 million.
“Haribo is a great fit with the many other iconic companies that already call Wisconsin home,” said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said, citing the state’s “business-friendly climate and strong fiscal management.”
The family-owned German candymaker currently employs about 7,000 people worldwide across 16 firms in 10 countries.
Haribo is a beloved European brand, best known for its gummy bears, coca cola bottle gummies, sour peaches, licorice, and gummy cherries. This is a fantastic move for Haribo and Wisconsin.
As if you needed another reason to visit Wisconsin, add this to the list!