Mars Wrigley Plans $30M Expansion at Kansas Plant

May 9, 2019

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Mars Wrigley Plans $30M Expansion at Kansas Plant
The Mars Wrigley Confectionery plant in Topeka, KS. Image courtesy of Google Maps

The Greater Topeka Partnership announced Wednesday that candy and gum maker Mars Wrigley Confectionery will invest about $30 million to upgrade equipment at its Topeka, KS production facility, several local news organizations reported. 

Prior to the public announcement of the project this week, the company obtained approval for its plans and $66,000 in incentives from the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) in March, coverage by the Topeka Capital-Journal said. 

“Mars Wrigley Confectionery is an exceptional company to have in our community, and their support of community growth and partnerships across Topeka and Shawnee County ensures continued economic prosperity,” Michelle De La Isla, mayor of Topeka and chair of JEDO, said in a statement printed by television news station KSNT. 

Mars’ Topeka plant was inaugurated in March 2014. The company initially invested $270 million to open the 500,000-sq-ft facility. This year the facility was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for five violations, according to an account by broadcaster WIBW, including one that involved a piece of mechanical power transmission equipment.

Officials told the Capital-Journal that the new project is not likely to generate new jobs.

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