As 2017 comes to an end, we at Mars would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! As we reflect on this year, 2017 stands out as an important moment for Mars. Early this year, Mars Petcare unveiled BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), Mars Food North America sponsored the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) Summit where Mars Wrigley Confectionery unveiled their health and wellbeing commitments, we announced our new Sustainable in a Generation Plan and launched the Farmer Income Lab, and met with stakeholders at the National Governor’s Association Summer Conference and the USCM Summer Meeting.To learn how 2017 continues to be a memorable year for us, read more below.
Welcome to Chicago, Mars Food!
Mars Food North America has begun a new chapter with its new North America headquarters in Chicago – and it’s right across the street from the Mars Wrigley Confectionery Global Hub on Goose Island. To celebrate, Mars Food hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 5, and was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other local officials. “Mars is a great corporate partner, and its international reach and importance are a testament to Chicago’s position at the forefront of the global food industry,” Mayor Emanuel said. “The entire city of Chicago welcomes Mars Food and looks forward to watching them continue to grow and thrive for years to come.”
The relocation comes at a time when Mars Food is growing its existing portfolio – including the more than 70-year-old, billion dollar brand UNCLE BEN’S® and the organic food SEEDS OF CHANGE® brand – and working to bring more healthy meals to dinner tables. “Moving the Mars Food North America headquarters to Chicago enables our long-term growth ambitions by bringing us closer to our factories, our customers and other parts of our business,” said Jarek Swigulski, Regional President of Mars Food North America.
The new headquarters occupies the first floor of a Goose Island building originally built in 1905 and was designed to reflect Mars Food’s commitments to health and wellbeing, sustainability, and inspiring people to share meals. These commitments are brought to life by providing standing desks at every workstation; available treadmill desks; a living wall that boosts air quality; motion activated lights, desk lamps, and LED bulbs reducing lighting energy by 45 percent; and a full kitchen at the center of the office to encourage our Associates to cook and eat healthy meals together.
The Forgotten M in STEM: Manufacturing
While manufacturing is the largest and most dynamic sector in the U.S. economy, the number of total jobs has declined. Mars Wrigley Confectionery kicked off a month-long campaign on National Manufacturing Day, October 6, to showcase the manufacturing sector and recognize the critical role it plays in sustaining and growing the U.S. economy.
As part of this celebration, Mars Wrigley Confectionery honored several manufacturing Associates, and highlighted the need to increase their talent supply chain, emphasizing the importance of incorporating manufacturing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs. Tracey Massey, President of Mars Wrigley Confectionery in the Americas, explains in an Op-ed, published by Thrive Global, why STEM programs cannot ignore manufacturing. She urges all STEM advocates and educators to promote manufacturing careers to today’s students.
While Tracey Massey highlights that Mars partners with 22 technical schools, colleges, universities, and high schools across the U.S. to recruit prospective Associates for manufacturing roles, she notes more must be done to raise awareness. She encourages other manufacturing companies across the nation to speak out for the need of stronger STEM-to-manufacturing pipeline.
To read Tracey Massey’s Op-ed, click here.