“This new $270 million facility, which will bring 200 new jobs to Topeka, is one of the largest investments in Mars history,” said Debra A. Sandler, president, Mars Chocolate North America. “For more than 100 years, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them, and this facility -- in America’s heartland -- is further proof of our commitment.”
Mars Chocolate North America broke ground on the Topeka facility in August 2011. The plant is continuing to pursue onsite renewable energy and is working to incorporate a number of innovative solutions into the design and construction of the facility, such as sending no waste to landfills in order to achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The company has also worked hand-in-hand with a number of federal, state and local officials since the site selection to make the site a reality.