According to the Chicago Tribune, it was once hailed as “the most beautiful candy factory in America.”
But the Windy City’s Mars Wrigley plant that was once adorned with artwork and Oriental rugs will soon cease to operate.
A recent announcement has confirmed that the candy bar plant, built in 1928 on Chicago’s west side, will be phased out over the next two years.
The work of producing filled candy bars like 3 Musketeers and Milky Way will be moved to other facilities.
Citing a company statement, the Tribune says 280 workers will lose their jobs but the future of the site itself is still a mystery.
Mars Wrigley told the news outlet that, “The company remains committed to the city of Chicago and intends to partner with the surrounding community on a future vision for the site.”
Specifically, the company plans to donate the factory site “for the use of the community.”
Mars Wrigley has several other factories across the Chicago area and is encouraging displaced workers to explore opportunities at other locations.