Mars Petcare has announced it’s upgrading its manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo. The expansion will include the installation of new processing and packaging machinery, in addition to the improvement of the site’s utilities and infrastructure. The expansion will increase the facility’s treats production capacity by more than 75%, the equivalent of over 940 million treats per year. Expected to be completed early next year, the $82 million project is projected to create 95 jobs.
The Kansas City facility produces Greenies Pill Pockets, Greenies Dog Supplements, and Greenies Dental Dog Treats, as well as Pill Assist Cat by Royal Canin, and currently employs more than 260 people. One of more than a dozen Mars Petcare sites in the U.S., the Kansas City facility has served as a fundamental hub for the company’s treat manufacturing since 2006.
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“As the bond between people and their pets has never been stronger, we’re dedicated to answering the ever-growing needs of pet parents and furthering our purpose: A Better World for Pets,” says Ikdeep Singh, global president, Mars Pet Nutrition. “We’re proud to deepen our commitment to Kansas City and to our associates who play a critical role in continuing to deliver product innovation to meet the new ways pet parents seek to bond with and feed their pets.”
“Kansas City’s strong workforce and pro-business climate have made it a vibrant and ideal location for manufacturers like Mars Petcare,” adds Maggie Kost, acting director of the Department of Economic Development. “This expansion is creating more quality jobs and demonstrates confidence in our state’s business advantages. We appreciate our partners’ work on this significant project that will strengthen the Kansas City region’s ability to prosper for years to come.”