All the appeals didn’t help: the lights go out at the only East German Haribo location. The confectionery manufacturer closes its factory near Zwickau at the end of the year.
It’s over, it’s over: Despite protests from employees, unions and local politicians, Haribo is holding up on the closure of his plant in Wilkau-Haßlau in Saxony firmly. A spokesman for the company told the Cologne newspaper “Express”: “However, this does not change anything about our fundamental decision. We did not make it lightly, but after a very careful analysis.”
The mayor of the Saxon city had previously looked in vain with the company’s top management for a solution that would enable operations to continue in the coming year. Even Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) intervened.
Around 150 employees are affected
Around 150 employees work at the location near Zwickau. It is the smallest of the five German Haribo plants and the only one in East Germany. Socially acceptable solutions are to be found for the employees as part of a social plan – for example, a change to one of the other German plants is possible.
A recently completed profitability audit of the production sites was decisive for the closure, reported Haribo. It led to the result that the Wilkau-Haßlau location no longer meets the requirements for an economical and efficient production structure.
“Disproportionately high investments” would be necessary for the plant in order to align the production processes with future requirements. In future, the confectionery manufacturer will bundle production at four locations in Germany: Bonn, Grafschaft, Neuss and Solingen.