Sweet deal: Haribo selects contractor for first American production plant

German sweet maker Haribo has selected Rhode Island contractor Gilbane Building to construct a 137-acre factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, its first in North America.

The $300m plant will be the largest in Haribo’s 100-year history, and will create 385 direct and 4,200 indirect jobs when completed.

Hans Guido Riegel, the company’s managing partner, said: "Haribo is the fastest growing confectionery brand in the US, and our production facility will support continued long-term growth while allowing us to be part of the Pleasant Prairie community."

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Wes Saber, chief financial officer for the American division, added: "It’s important to us to be exemplary corporate citizens and give back to the places where we live and work, so we’re proud of the relationships we’ve already built as we become part of the fabric of the community."

Gilbane Building, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008, is the 16th largest construction manager in the US, with more than 50 offices in America and elsewhere. Among its previous projects are facilities for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics in 1980 and Terminal 5 at O’Hare airport in Chicago.

Top image: Haribo products (Tomnex/Dreamstime)

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