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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.

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