On Monday, May 13, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission considered and approved the Preliminary Site and Operational Plans for HARIBO of America Manufacturing, LLC. The request was made by Brian Dunn of Mead & Hunt on behalf of HARIBO of America Manufacturing, LLC for the development of 136.8 acres of property located at the southwest corner of 120th Avenue (West Frontage Road) and CTH C (Wilmot Road) in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park for the construction of a manufacturing facility to produce Goldbears and other HARIBO products.
Phase 1 will include production, warehouse, and administrative office spaces. Also part of the overall site design are distribution buildings including a high bay warehouse to house products awaiting shipment to other distribution facilities, a multi-story parking structure, and gatehouse. HARIBO also plans to include a retail store open to the public, as well as a daycare and fitness center for its employees. An official ground breaking for Phase 1 is planned for late spring of 2020.
The manufacturing, production, distribution, maintenance, and related activities are intended to operate 24 hours a day. There will be up to 400 employees working three shifts upon completion of Phase 1 and at full build-out, the campus is intended to have up to 1,250 employees.
HARIBO is the world's leading manufacturer of gummi products, most famous for its beloved Goldbears. Globally, the business employs nearly 7,000 Associates and operates 16 production sites in 10 countries. A family-owned business with a century long heritage, the company's founder, Hans Riegel, built HARIBO on a foundation of quality and delivering moments of childlike happiness through sweet treats. Established in 1920, HARIBO is the acronym that comprises its founder's name and the city in which the company was born (Bonn, Germany): Hans RIegel Bonn. HARIBO global headquarters is in Grafschaft, Germany and its U.S. headquarters operates out of Rosemont, Ill. For more information, visit www.haribo.com.