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Mars Incorporated Establishes Goose Island, Illinois, R&D Hub

Mars Incorporated will establish a best-in-class, global research and development hub adjacent to the company's existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island, Illinois. The project is expected to create 30 jobs.

The campus currently employs roughly 950 people from Mars Wrigley, Mars Food, and Mars Global Services. Construction on the facility is planned for this summer and is slated to be complete by summer 2023.

"Mars has made Chicago home to innovation for nearly 100 years, producing some of the world's most beloved and iconic snacks and treats," said Chris Rowe, Global Vice President of Research and Development, Mars Wrigley. "Creating new jobs and a world-class, multi-million dollar research and development hub demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Chicagoland area and accelerates our future for innovation. This facility brings exciting new capabilities and enhances the vibrant innovation culture Mars has on Goose Island."

The expansion will make Chicago the largest innovation hub in the world for Mars Wrigley, adding to its network of global innovation centers.

"On behalf of Chicago's business community, we congratulate Mars on its expansion in Chicago, creating both new jobs and the largest innovation center in Mars Wrigley's global footprint," said Michael Fassnacht, President & CEO, World Business Chicago, Chief Marketing Officer, City of Chicago. "It's a proud moment for our city to see one of its longest running Chicago-based companies realize transformative change through tech and innovation. May this growth and expansion by Mars serve as an example to the world of Chicago's many competitive advantages."

Mars, Incorporated is an American multinational manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care service. Mars was recently ranked as the sixth-largest privately held company in the United States by Forbes.

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