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Mars Chocolate to invest $100m in M&M's candy plant in US

FBR Staff Writer Published 17 July 2015

Mars Chocolate North America is planning to invest $100m in the expansion of its manufacturing site in Topeka, Kansas, a move that brings its total investment to $430m in the site.


As part of the expansion, the company broke ground on a new 90,000ft2 facility on the Topeka site.

The expansion is expected to create 70 new full-time, permanent, high-wage manufacturing jobs.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said: "This additional investment does more than create new well-paying jobs for Kansans, it reflects Mars' continuing commitment to growing its business in America's heartland.

"In little more than one year after the grand opening of its Topeka facility, Mars is expanding its manufacturing operation with a new state-of-the-art facility. The availability of a talented workforce, along with a strong relationship between Mars and state and local leaders, creates an environment for continued economic growth and opportunity."

Since its launch last year, the Topeka facility employs 200 people and produces a variety of M&M's brand Candies and Snickers bars.

This investment is the latest in the series of expansions the company announced across the country.

Over the past few months, the company has launched new products that offer less than 200 calories. The company also relaunched M&M's Crispy at 180 calories per serving, with plans to launch goodnessknows Snack Squares at 150 calories across the nation in August.

Image: Mars continues growth in the US with $100m investment in chocolate factory. Photo: courtesy of Mars, Incorporated.