Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars Inc., opened a state-of-the-art addition to its Yorkville factory recently.
The expansion adds 145,000 square feet, a new Skittles line and 75 new jobs, increasing the site's workforce by 25 percent.
"Mars has a long-standing history of making our products in the markets where they're sold," Wrigley Americas President Casey Keller said. "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."
The Yorkville expansion reflects the unprecedented growth of the Skittles brand. The popular rainbow-colored candy is now the top non-chocolate confection brand in the United States.
In addition to Skittles, the Yorkville factory produces brands such as Life Savers, Doublemint and Juicy Fruit.
"We are grateful for the support of our state and local communities, which have been instrumental in helping to bring this project to life," Keller said. "We're fortunate to be able to further invest here in Yorkville, and provide the community with continued economic development."
"Wrigley is an iconic Illinois company, and we are proud it is continuing to grow in our state," Illinois 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."
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