On November 4, 2015 Oscar Mayer said it is making cuts in Madison, Wisconsin and parent company Kraft Heinz moves its headquarters to Chicago.
Kraft Heinz has announced that it will close 7 manufacturing plants in the USA and Canada and will move the headquarters of Oscar Mayer and its U.S. meats business to Chicago from Madison, Wisconsin.
MAYOR EMANUEL STATEMENT ON OSCAR MAYER'S DECISION TO RELOCATE TO CHICAGO
"Oscar Mayer's decision to return to Chicago is a reflection of the talent of our workforce, the strength
of our world-class transportation networks, and the certainty and confidence we have given businesses
that invest in our city. I'm proud that we are adding Oscar Mayer to the growing list of global
corporations from Kraft Heinz to ConAgra to Motorola Solutions who are choosing to make their home
in Chicago. I'm equally proud that businesses who already call us home are seeing new level of success -
like 1871, which was named the nation's top business incubator. Oscar Mayer's move to Chicago adds to
our strength as a leading destination for food companies and I look forward to watching them create
more jobs for our residents and build a great future here in Chicago."
* In early 2016 an estimated 250 Oscar Mayer employees will relocate from Madison, Wisconsin
to the new Kraft Heinz co-headquarters at the AON Center, located at 200 East Randolph Street.
* Earlier this year Kraft Heinz made a long-term commitment to Chicago, signing a 12.5 year lease
for five floors (170,000 square feet) at the AON Center.
* There are no city incentives involved in this relocation.
The Oscar Mayer Company is an American meat and cold cut production company, owned by Kraft Foods. It is known for its hot dogs, bologna, bacon, ham and Lunchables products.
German immigrant, Oscar F. Mayer (1859-1955), born in Koesingen, Bavaria, began working at a meat market in Detroit, Michigan, and later in Chicago, Illinois. In 1883, Oscar and his brother Gottfried, leased the Kolling Meat Market on the near-northside of Chicago. The Mayer brothers sold bratwurst, liverwurst, and weisswurst which was popular in the predominantly German neighborhoods around their Chicago meat market.