Mars is proud to partner with government officials across the nation to help fuel America’s manufacturing engine for growth. In the past five years, Mars has invested $1 billion in U.S. factories and operations, creating over 1,000 jobs, while maintaining its ongoing commitment to advance the communities where Mars operates through economic investment, job creation, transforming and modernizing U.S. facilities, and sustainable practices. Read on to learn more about how Mars is driving investment across America.
SKITTLES® Candies Expansion
In June, Mars expanded its capabilities to meet the demand of one of its beloved brands, SKITTLES® candies, following a $50 million investment to its production facility in Yorkville, IL. Wrigley has been a part of the that community for over 20 years, producing some of the country’s favorite treats, including JUICY FRUIT® gum, LIFE SAVERS® candies and DOUBLEMINT® gum.
As part of the grand opening of the SKITTLES® candies line, Wrigley hosted an event that included participation by Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski, State Representative Keith Wheeler, members of the City Council, and staff of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
"Mars has a long-standing history of making our products in the markets where they're sold," said Wrigley Americas President Casey Keller. "With the expansion of our production footprint for SKITTLES® candies, we are proud to continue that tradition right here in the state that Wrigley has called home for more than 125 years."
Mars is excited by the opportunity to generate economic development in the region.The 145,000 square foot expansion to the Yorkville manufacturing facility will add 75 new full-time manufacturing Associates to the more than 300 Associates already employed at the site.
The Yorkville expansion will increase the production capabilities, complementing the current production of SKITTLES® candies at Mars’ Waco, TX factory.
Driving Investment at the Iowa State Fair
Mars revved up its participation at the annual National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting, hosted July 14 – 16th, in Des Moines, Iowa. For the third year in a row, Mars has been a sponsor of the annual event, which was attended by approximately 30 sitting governors, and over 1,000 participants, including government staff, international government stakeholders, and businesses, NGOs, and community groups.
This year, Mars was prominently featured at the meeting’s largest social event, the Iowa State Fair, with an interactive experience highlighting Investing in America. The Driving Investment Across America experience featured the #18, M&M’S® race car, a NASCAR® racing simulator, a social media photo booth, and extensive messaging on Mars’ footprint and investments across America.
“With our incredible footprint in 43 states and counting, engaging with 30 of our nation’s governors at NGA has been an effective way to tell our story and build relationships with these state chief executives. We have been able to create a positive buzz about Mars, our principles and sustainability commitments, as well as our employment and investment in the US,” said Mark Broadhurst, Director of Public Affairs. “These are messages that resonate with this group of stakeholders and help us enhance our reputation, earn goodwill as we advocate certain public policy issues and unlock partnerships and incentives to advance our growth and investment. Helping these stakeholders become Mars champions is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” he explained. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Utah Governor Gary Herbert, in particular, were impressed and proud of the Mars businesses in their state, which include Symbioscience (Maryland) and BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals (Maryland & Utah).
At the height of the event, Mars awarded longtime champion Governor Dennis Daugaard the inaugural Mars Five Principles Award for his ongoing partnership and support of our South Dakota business and the Royal Canin North Sioux City site.
In addition to the State Fair, Mars also met with a number of Mars site state Governors, including Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Iowa Governor and NGA Host, Terry Branstad, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Royal Canin Breaks Ground in North Sioux City
Royal Canin USA, a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, announced the construction of a new state-of-the art manufacturing facility in North Sioux City, South Dakota. A groundbreaking event was held in June at the site of the new plant to mark the launch of the project which includes an investment of $100 million.
Royal CaninUSA President Keith Levy broke ground at the new plant with over 30 stakeholders, including South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Mayor Randy Fredericksen, Economic Development Commissioner Pat Costello and his team, State Representative Jim Bolin, members of the North Sioux City Council and Union County Commissioners, staff from South Dakota federal legislators, the North Sioux City Economic Development Corporation, and Siouxland Chambers.
“We have always been proud to be a part of the North Sioux City community and to partner with the State of South Dakota,” said Daniel Klapuch, Site Director for Royal Canin in North Sioux City. “Building our new factory here clearly shows that Mars is committed to manufacturing in the United States to meet the growing demand from U.S. pet owners.”
To further demonstrate Royal Canin’s commitment to the community, the business donated approximately 10,000 pounds of cat and dog food to the Siouxland Humane Society and Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue.
The new facility is scheduled to begin production in April 2019 and will be built to meet leading-edge environmental standards. The facility will also pursue a LEED Gold Certified designation upon completion, demonstrating Mars’ commitment to sustainability. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nationally-accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating green buildings. Expanding operations in the greater Sioux City area demonstrates Mars’ commitment to investment in U.S. manufacturing and to the local tri-state community. In the past five years, Mars has invested $1 billion in U.S. factories and operations.