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Mars Inc. Invests $100 Million To Expand Its Topeka, Kansas, Production Plant

07/17/2015
Mars, Incorporated will invest $100 million to expand its chocolate factory in Topeka, Kansas. The company started construction on a state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot addition to its production facility that is expected add 70 manufacturing jobs.

Mars is committed to continuing to make its products in the U.S, company officials said. Over 95 percent of Mars Chocolate products sold in the U.S. are also made locally by the company’s dedicated team of over 3,500 Associates working across nine domestic sites.

“Our consumers and retailers are demanding even greater choice, seeking more product variety across a range of format, calorie and price options,” said Tracey Massey, President of Mars Chocolate North America. “By further growing our footprint in the U.S., we will better be able to introduce new treats to satisfy the most diverse consumer appetites.”

Mars’ opened its Topeka facility in 2014, the first new Mars Chocolate North America site built in the last 35 years. With this expansion, Mars’ investment in Topeka totals $430 million, today employing over 200 associates producing a variety of M&M’S Brand Candies and SNICKERS Bars, a company spokesperson said. Named “Plant of the Year” by Food Engineering magazine, the facility is LEED Gold certified and meets Mars’ stringent sustainability standards.

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