Oreos maker to decide between Chicago, Mexico for new investment

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CHICAGO — Chicago is competing with Mexico to land a plant that makes Oreos and Chips Ahoy cookies.

Mondelez International Plans to invest $130 million to put up four new manufacturing lines that would make Nabisco cookies and crackers.

The company is starting talks with its labor unions here in Chicago and says it will base its decision on a variety of factors.

The company’s plant at 73rd and Kedzie has more than 1,000 union members. It also has a plant in Salinas, Mexico, and the company’s CEO says fewer workers will be needed for the new lines.

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4 comments

  • John

    The way our politicians and unions poison this city and state – they should stay far away from Chicago and Illinois. After they get taxed and regulated to death, their employees will strike because they think they deserve $30/hour.

  • Shelly

    I really hope these jobs stay in Chicago. Even if they stay there will likely be jobs lost because new plants normally means newer technology and less people are needed. It could be pretty devastating to that area of the city to lose ALL the jobs, versus a quarter or even half the jobs. It’s not that I don’t care about Mexican workers, it’s just that I live in Chicago and I care a lot about the residents of this city. I think a lot of the intrapersonal violence happening with teens in this city is related to joblessness, especially on the south and west sides of the city. This company staying in Chicago could mean the difference between a family being able to keep paying their bills or not. I really do hope that they stay.