Chicago — Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. is relocating its headquarters from Oakbrook Terrace to the Old Chicago Main Post Office, located downtown at 433 W. Van Buren St. The move is expected to be complete by late summer 2019, according to the city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who joined the company as it released the news, said: “Today we are not just welcoming nearly 400 new jobs to Chicago, we are welcoming a great company with deep roots in Chicago. Chicago has not only led the country in corporate relocations every year for the past five years, we have led the country in growth of jobs in the food industry. We are glad that a company that had been part of Chicago’s past will now be part of our city’s future.”
Ferrara was founded by Salvatore Ferrara in 1908 in his bakery located in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, and has since become one of the fastest growing candymakers in the country, the mayor’s office reports.
The new headquarters will occupy approximately 77,000 square feet of the Old Post Office building and the candymaker is relocating nearly 400 employees from its Oakbrook Terrace location.
“As we planned our move downtown, we sought a workspace that could accommodate our continued growth and help us build a highly differentiated and meaningful employee experience that allows us to continue to attract, retain and inspire best-in-class talent,” said Todd Siwak, CEO of Ferrara Candy. “The Old Post Office will be more than just a workspace — it will be a destination, and one that is consistent with the brand, culture and community we are building at Ferrara.”