Mars Petcare, a leading pet food and products manufacturer, recently announced plans to invest in its Kansas City, Missouri, manufacturing facility. The expansion represents $82 million in capital investment, and is expected to create 95 new jobs in the region.
“We applaud Mars Petcare for its commitment to Missouri and its continued investment in Kansas City,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “Since the facility opened in 2006, Mars Petcare has embraced local talent to create jobs and boost the regional economy. We look forward to seeing the additional positive impact this expansion will have for our state.”
Mars Petcare’s expansion will increase production capacity for GREENIES™ treats by more than 75 percent, or more than 940 million treats per year. Upgrades also include the addition of new processing and packaging machinery, as well as utilities and infrastructure.
“As the bond between people and their pets has never been stronger, we’re dedicated to answering the ever-growing needs of pet parents and furthering our purpose: A Better World for Pets,” said Ikdeep Singh, Global President, Mars Pet Nutrition. “We’re proud to deepen our commitment to Kansas City and to our Associates who play a critical role in continuing to deliver product innovation to meet the new ways pet parents seek to bond with and feed their pets.”
“Kansas City’s strong workforce and pro-business climate have made it a vibrant and ideal location for manufacturers like Mars Petcare,” said Maggie Kost, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development. “This expansion is creating more quality jobs and demonstrates confidence in our state’s business advantages. We appreciate our partners’ work on this significant project that will strengthen the Kansas City region’s ability to prosper for years to come.”
“We’re thrilled to have Mars Petcare continue to expand in our community,” said Steven Anthony, Executive Director of Business Development for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. “Their growth is indicative of the momentum we’re seeing in new job creation and business attraction as a result of our business-friendly leadership and focus on making KCMO a great place to live and work.”