YUM! Wrigley expanding, adding Skittles production, hiring 75 in Yorkville
CHICAGO — Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., has expanded its Yorkville, Ill., facility to add a new Skittles production line and 75 new jobs, which amounts to a 25% increase in workforce at the plant.
The addition is the result of a $50 million investment by Mars and reflects unprecedented growth of the Skittles brand, which is now the top non-chocolate confection brand in the United States, according to the company.
The expansion adds 145,000 square feet to the Yorkville facility, which also produces Life Savers candies and Doublemint and Juicy Fruit gum.
“Mars has a longstanding history of making our products in the markets where they’re sold,” said Casey Keller, president of Wrigley Americas. “With the expansion of our Skittles production footprint, we are proud to continue that tradition right here in the state that Wrigley has called home for 125 years.”
READ MORE of this story at Food Business News by Monica Watrous. Photo courtesy of Mars.