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Wrigley's Plant Expansion Accommodates Skittles' Growth

Posted On: 6/17/2016

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TAGS: Mars Inc., Wrigley factory expansion, Wrigley Yorkville Illinois factory, Skittles, candy news

CHICAGO -- Mars Inc. subsidiary Wrigley has added a state-of-the-art addition to its Yorkville, IL, factory. At a cost of $50 million, the expansion adds 145,000 square feet to the plant, a new Skittles line and 75 new jobs, a 25% workforce increase.

The expansion reflects what Mars said is unprecedented growth of the Skittles brand. The popular rainbow-colored candy is now the No. 1 non-chocolate confection in the United States.

In addition to Skittles, Wrigley's Yorkville factory produces Life Savers roll candy and Doublemint and Juicy Fruit gum. The company's growth in the state of Illinois was assisted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Yorkville and Kendall County.

"Wrigley is an iconic Illinois company, and we are proud it is continuing to grow in our state," Gov. Bruce Rauner said. "Wrigley has invested nearly $200 million in Illinois over the past seven years, creating hundreds of jobs for Illinois residents. The State of Illinois is glad to be a partner in Wrigley's further expansion."

The global manufacturer's recent investments in the U.S. include the opening of a new Mars Chocolate factory in Topeka, KS; the expansion of a Mars Chocolate factory in Albany, GA; and the construction of a new Mars Drinks campus in New York's Westchester county. In the next two years, Mars says it will invest an additional $900 million in expansion of operations and employee training and development. Mars acquired Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. in April 2008 in a deal estimated to be worth $23 billion.