Wrigley's Global Innovation Center (GIC) was built on the belief that best-in-class Innovation can only be achieved if high-performing associates are brought together in a state-of-the-art facility that sparks creativity and fosters collaboration. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the three-story laboratory and office building opened its doors in May 2005 and in 2012 became the company's global headquarters.
The GIC features three levels of flexible lab and office space, and the centerpiece Winter Garden hosts 25 different plant species under a unique glass tension-cabled roof. The adjoining Pilot Plant is used to test new machinery and manufacturing processes, and the product samples produced there are used for screening prototypes, consumer testing and analytical evaluations.
In January 2009, the GIC – together with the attached Pilot Plant facility – earned Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED is a third party accreditation system through the U.S. Green Building Council and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings. The hallmarks of a LEED-certified building are its environmental, economic and health benefits. Certification acknowledges they are energy-efficient, designed to minimize strain on local infrastructure and reduce overall operating costs, among other benefits.
From the latest technology and flexible workspace to the Winter Garden and Pilot Plant, the GIC is a global resource that supports Wrigley's vision of creating simple pleasures to brighten everyone's day.