As we reflect on the year past and the new year ahead, 2016 stands out as an important moment for Mars. We continue to reinforce our roots by investing in the communities in which we operate. From 2016 into 2017, Mars will invest $900 million in our U.S. supply chain, creating many new American jobs. This is an additional investment to the $1 billion Mars has already invested in American manufacturing, creating 1,000 new jobs over the last five years. The most recent is in our Petcare business, which will expand production of our Fort Smith, Arkansas site.
Mars has been a longtime proponent of American innovation and manufacturing. Creating hundreds of local jobs and investing in the future of the United States is of the utmost importance for our iconic American company. Our newest investments will not only create new jobs for Americans, but also it will allow for more Mars products to be made in local communities across the United States.
“We truly believe in the value of keeping our operations in America – it’s good for our people, it’s good for our business, and it’s good for the long-time fans of our products,” said Tracey Massey, President, Mars Chocolate North America. “We’re looking forward to what these investments bring in 2017 and beyond.”
Investments in 2016 alone include:
- Investing $100 million to produce M&M’S Caramel in Topeka, KS, creating 70 new jobs
- Hiring 4,188 Associates and opening 31 new Banfield hospitals in 2016, in addition to a new headquarters in Vancouver, WA
- Investing $100 million in Royal Canin’s new plant at the New Sioux City, SD site
- Creating 23 jobs through the $4.8 million expansion of the Mars Symbioscience site in Germantown, MD
- Investing $50 million to expand Wrigley’s Yorkville, IL facility, adding Skittles production – leading to a 25 percent increase in jobs
Producing and selling American-made products for our consumers is a point of great pride at Mars, and a commitment that will continue for years to come.