Mars Inc. announces $100 million expansion of candy-making plant in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mars Inc. is planning a $100 million expansion of its candy-making facility in Kansas.

The company disclosed the deal Wednesday in advance of a Topeka economic development meeting. The development comes a little more than a year after the New Jersey-based company opened its $270 million plant south of Topeka, where M&M’s and Snickers are made. It was the company’s first new plant in 35 years.

After work on the 90,000-square-foot expansion wraps up in late 2016, the company will add 70 full-time workers to the 200 already working in the city.

Mars is receiving economic development incentives. Mars hasn’t determined which candies it will make there.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Mars is expanding its existing plant, not building a new one.