Mars Inc., a global company producing pet care, confectionary, chocolate, food and other products, is investing $900 million in its American supply chain during 2017, the company announced Jan. 20.
The move will add “many new American jobs” and “allow for more Mars products to be made in local communities” in the United States, the company said in a press release. Mars recently invested $1 billion to boost its domestic manufacturing capabilities.
“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 of Mars Chocolate North America, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to what these investments bring in 2017 and beyond.”
In 2016, the company invested $100 million in the production of M&M’s Caramel in Topeka, KS, $100 million in a Royal Canin plant in New Sioux City, SD, a $4.8 million expansion of its Symbioscience site in Germantown, MD, hiring 4188 associates and opening 31 new Banfield hospitals, and investing $50 million in an expansion of Wrigley’s Yorkville, IL plant to add Skittles production.
The company said it has created over 1000 jobs in America over the past five years.