U.S. Senator Corker visits Mars Petcare
In partnership with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, Mars Petcare hosted U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), on August 22, for a CEO business roundtable discussion and a tour of the facility at its Global Innovation Center in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. In addition to Mars Petcare North America President Mark Johnson, several other prominent Middle Tennessee business leaders participated in the roundtable discussion including Scott Becker, Senior VP for Administration, Nissan; Leisa Cagle, VP and Controller, McKee Foods; and Larry Combs, Senior VP & General Manager of Jack Daniel’s Operations, Brown Forman/Jack Daniel’s. The event was also attended by Senator Corker’s Field Director Kyle Johnson, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, State Representative Sam Whitson, State Representative Charles Sargent, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, Franklin Vice-Mayor Brian Stover, Williamson, Inc. Chamber President & CEO Matt Largen, Tennessee Valley Authority Regional Consultant Neil MacDonald, Sammie Arnold, Assistant Commissioner of Strategy and Legislative Affairs at the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, and business members of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce.
Senator Corker addressed a range of issues critical to businesses, providing his insight on global partnerships, trade issues, and tax reform. He also shared his perspective on what is achievable under the current administration and Congress. To conclude the roundtable discussion, the Senator recounted his pride in representing companies such as Mars. "I will always be a businessman at heart, and it was energizing to be with these business leaders and discuss issues that affect their operations and our communities each and every day,” said Senator Corker. “Mars Petcare is one of the Nashville-area's largest employers, and I thank them, as well as the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, for hosting this outstanding event."
Congressman Smucker Visits Mars Chocolate in Elizabethtown
On October 18, the Mars Wrigley Confectionery site in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania hosted Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-16) to learn more about Mars’ presence in Pennsylvania, and tour the site’s “bean to bar” production facility. Elizabethtown Site Director Carl Freeman provided a detailed overview of the site’s 100+ year history, and showed Congressman Smucker how the site makes DOVE® promises. Congressman Smucker met several of the over 300 Associates working in the factory – and had the chance to sample some of the delicious products the site makes each day!
Mars Wrigley Confectionery Joins Walmart to Celebrate Manufacturing
In November, Mars Wrigley Confectionery partnered with Walmart to celebrate recent investments and job creation in Kansas as part of Walmart’s American Jobs Program. The program seeks to create more American jobs by highlighting and supporting U.S.-based manufacturing to stimulate job growth and the middle class. Walmart has pledged to purchase approximately $250 billion in products supporting the creation of American jobs by 2023.
The event highlighted Mars’ investments and Walmart’s contributions to the Topeka, Kansas community. The Mars Wrigley Confectionery facility in Topeka hosted more than two dozen state and local officials including Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, State Senator Vicki Schmidt, State Representatives Ken Corbet and Jim Ward, Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, and members of the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Topeka City Council.
At the event, Mars Wrigley Confectionery Topeka Site Director Bret Spangler expressed the importance of investing in Topeka and the U.S. while Walmart representative Joe Grady spoke of Walmart’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing. Lt. Governor Colyer conveyed the impact both companies have on Kansas. “It is wonderful to see these two great companies working together in a way that creates new jobs for Kansans and continued growth in our manufacturing industry,” said Jeff Coyler, Lt. Governor of Kansas. “We hope these two companies will achieve success in this investment and look forward to their future development in our state."
Spooktacular Events at Mars
As the world’s largest confectionery company, Halloween is one of Mars’ favorite holidays to celebrate and give back to our local communities. This year, Mars participated in many Halloween activities that engaged Associates and members of the local communities in which we operate through the Mars Volunteer Program (MVP).
In partnership with the City of Newark, Mars Wrigley Confectionery hosted its annual Halloween event by transforming the JFK Center into a spook-tacular venue, complete with music, activities and free costumes and candy for children. Mr. Yellow and Mr. Red were joined by the Jersey Devil in the photo booth while taking pictures with attendees.
The Halloween festivities did not stop at Newark. Mars stakeholders around the U.S. got into the spirit of Halloween by holding multiple day events and welcoming children at their official residences. Mars coordinated with our nation’s Mayors and Governors to provide our Confectionery products to support these events, which were attended by thousands of children and adults. Amongst those who dared to be spooky and shared Mars treats with their constituents are Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
NCA Pennsylvania Hill Day
In October, Mars Wrigley Confectionery participated in the National Confectionery Association’s (NCA) annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Nearly 20 companies were at the event to meet with key state officials including Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding, State Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati III, and State Representative Thomas Mehaffe III. Mars Wrigley Confectionery set up a display in the Capitol Rotunda which provided lawmakers and staff with an overview of Mars’ national and state footprint, and History of Chocolate demonstration with American Heritage Chocolates.