CHICAGO --- The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company today announced that it will be relocating its Global Headquarters from the Wrigley Building to the company’s campus on Goose Island.
The Wrigley Building is currently home to a quarter of the company’s nearly 1000 Chicago-based associates. The move will be completed by the end of 2012, bringing to a total of nearly 600 associates working on the Goose Island campus.
Wrigley’s presence on Goose Island has been under development since the 2005 opening of the company’s $57 million Global Innovation Center, which achieved Gold LEED certification in 2009. Two additional nearby facilities house the company’s Engineering Technology and Information Technology Centers, providing Wrigley with over 360,000 square feet of office and lab space on Goose Island. Wrigley also leases office space at 600 West Chicago, which is home to its North America business.
“Chicago is our hometown, and Wrigley remains fully committed to maintaining our Global and North American headquarters in the City,” said Reuben Gamoran, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “By consolidating all global functions on our Goose Island campus, we will create an open office environment that supports the innovation, collaboration and creativity that will drive our continued growth.”
With this move, Wrigley will seek new development opportunities for the Wrigley Building, which has been an iconic feature of the Chicago skyline since its construction in the 1920s. Since its opening, the building has leased office and retail space to a range of tenants, with the Wrigley Company itself never occupying more than 40 percent of the space. Today, the once state-of-the-art interior of the building is in need of substantial modernization to ensure that its future use is of the highest possible quality.
Wrigley is exploring a range of options for well suited redevelopment that will ensure the Wrigley Building remains a dynamic part of Michigan Avenue and will safeguard the building’s unique architectural features and historic name.
“The Wrigley Building is much-loved by both Chicago residents and visitors, and we understand its importance to the community,” said Gamoran.
Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. The company has operations in more than 40 countries and distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries. Wrigley’s well-loved brands include Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, 5™, Juicy Fruit® and Eclipse® chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers®. Wrigley is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated.
For more information, please visit www.wrigley.com.
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the philosophy of a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders – this vision serves as the foundation of the Mars, Incorporated we are today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 65,000 Associates worldwide – including 1,700 in the Chicagoland area – are putting our Mars Principles in action every day to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance.
Mars brands include: Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Petcare – PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR® and ROYAL CANIN®; Wrigley – ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES®; Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience –COCOAVIA™