Mars has announced the company is spending $40 million to build a new, best-in-class global research and development hub adjacent to the company’s existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island in Chicago.
The investment will create approximately 30 additional jobs at the Mars Wrigley Global Innovation Center, which will bring the Mars campus total to nearly 1,000 jobs on Goose Island. Construction is set to begin this summer and expected be finished by summer of 2023.
With the expanded capability of the new facility, Chicago will become the largest innovation hub in the world for Mars Wrigley, adding to its network of global innovation centers. When complete, the innovation hub will inspire the next generation of new products to support the company’s iconic global snacks and treats brands, such as M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, and more.
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“Mars has made Chicago home to innovation for nearly 100 years, producing some of the world’s most beloved and iconic snacks and treats,” says Chris Rowe, global vice president of research and development, Mars Wrigley. “Creating new jobs and a world-class, multi-million dollar research and development hub demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Chicagoland area and accelerates our future for innovation. This facility brings exciting new capabilities and enhances the vibrant innovation culture Mars has on Goose Island.”
“Mars is the latest among many companies who are recognizing our city’s strengths and unmatched talent and expanding operations here,” says Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “I thank Mars and its leadership for their longstanding commitment to our city and wish them success in this latest expansion.”