Mars Wrigley plans to build a new research and development hub next to its existing Global Innovation Center in Chicago.
The $40 million expansion means that Chicago will house the largest of Mars’ worldwide network of research and development centers. It will add 30 jobs, bringing the total jobs at the Chicago campus close to 1,000. Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place soon, with completion slated for summer of 2023.
“Mars has made Chicago home to innovation for nearly 100 years, producing some of the world's most beloved and iconic snacks and treats," Chris Rowe, Mars Wrigley’s global vice president of research and development, said in a statement. "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.”
The company statements emphasized Mars’ commitment to Chicago – a sore subject since it announced the closing of a candy plant there in January.