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After Bloomington expansion, Ferrero plans new innovation center in Chicago

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Last month, the candy maker Ferrero announced it will be adding a $214 million, 169,000-square-foot expansion to the chocolate-making plant in Bloomington.

Ferrero North America has announced plans to further deepen its Illinois connection.

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Ferrero has chosen the Marshall Field and Company Building in Chicago as the space for their upcoming innovation center.

An “Innovation Center” is in the works for Chicago. It will be built in Chicago’s Marshall Field and Company Building. The 45,000-square-foot center is expected to create about 170 jobs, and will bring in current employees from Ferrero’s Old Post Office location. That represents some big names like Fannie May, Nutella Café and Keebler.

It’s another big step forward for Ferrero in the Prairie State. Last month, the candy maker announced it will be adding a $214 million, 169,000-square-foot expansion to the chocolate-making plant in Bloomington.

Todd Siwak, president of Ferrero North America, said he’s proud of Ferrero’s presence in Illinois, and the Chicago innovation center will further strengthen that presence.

“I am proud of our growing footprint in Illinois and strongly believe that this innovation center will propel our teams forward to become leaders in the sweet packaged foods category,” said Siwak.

Siwak said the Bloomington expansion will add 200 jobs over the next four years. The plant currently has about 350 employees.

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Jack Podlesnik is a student reporter and announcer at WGLT. He joined the station in 2021.
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