The Wrigley project by Mars includes a 145,000-square-foot expansion to its Yorkville facility, new Skittles lines, and jobs for the community.
Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars, is expanding its Yorkville factory in Illinois. The expansion is the result of a $50 million investment by the marque which adds on 145,000 square feet, a new Skittles line and 75 new jobs—a 25 percent increase of the workforce at the facility.
The aforementioned makeover reflects the progressive development of Skittles. According to the company, the popular rainbow-colored candy is presently the top non-chocolate confection offering in the United States, fuelled by best-in-class marketing and innovation.
In addition to Skittles, the factory produces products such as Life Savers, Doublemint, and Juicy Fruit. The renovation project was assisted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Yorkville, and Kendall County.
The line is the latest of the ongoing commitment to advancing the communities where it operates through economic investment, job creation, and sustainable practices. Over the past five years, Mars invested $1 billion into said market, creating over 1,000 jobs.
“Mars has a long-standing history of making our products in the markets where they’re sold. 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,” said Casey Keller, President of Wrigley Americas.