Mars invests $30M into Waco Plant expansion

Posted at 8:48 AM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 07:08:18-05

Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. announced a $30 million investment to the Waco plant for a 65,000 square foot product distribution expansion.

Members from Mars broke ground on the project today alongside Waco leaders.

"For over a century, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them," said Dan Braswell, Waco Site Director. "We are grateful for the continued support from the Waco community and state of Texas and we are pleased to further invest in the community with economic development."

Mars has operated in Waco since 1976 and currently employees over 600 people. The expansion will also add 10 new jobs.

Larry Todd is the manager of People and Organization at the Waco plant. He's been working there for 20 years and is looking forward to watching the place grow even more.

"We all dress in the same uniforms, same lockers, park in the same area. It's just a really nice community of associates in the factory. So my favorite is the people," said Todd. "Second is the candy. For breakfast, I usually have a Snickers bar. You can't beat that!"

Mars expects the project to be finished around October of this year.

"We are extremely proud that Mars has been part of our Texas community for more than 40 years and today’s groundbreaking is yet another testament to our state’s business-friendly environment for world-class enterprises like Mars," said Secretary Pablos. "With nearly $100 million invested in Texas over the past decade, we thank Mars for showing its sincere commitment to growing, creating jobs, and strengthening communities throughout the Lone Star State. We look forward to supporting Mars in further expanding its Texas operations and collaborating in the company’s strong community engagement now and in the future."

The Waco plant produces a variety of products including SNICKERS®, Starburst® and Skittles®. 

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