Global confectionery giant Mars Wrigley has announced new investment for an approximately $40 million research and development hub that will be adjacent to its innovation centre in Goose Island, Chicago.
According to sources, this expansion will make Chicago the largest innovation hub for the company and it will create 30 new jobs in the innovation centre, leaving the Mars campus with 1,000 employees in Goose Island.
Vice president of R&D of Mars Wrigley, Chris Rowe said “Creating new jobs and a world-class, multimillion-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”.
The construction of the hub is set to begin this summer and is expected to be complete by summer 2023.
The expansion news comes after the giant announced earlier this month that the company was investing $175 million in the expansion of its chocolate manufacturing facility in Kansas.
Sources: Candy USA/Food Business News