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Mars Wrigley will build a new innovation center on Chicago's Goose Island, with construction slated for completion in 2023

Mars Wrigley to Build New Innovation Center on Goose Island 

Mars said Thursday it would soon break ground on a new global research and development hub adjacent to the company’s existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island. With this expanded capability, Chicago will become the largest innovation hub in the world for Mars Wrigley, adding to its network of global innovation centers.  

“Mars has made Chicago home to innovation for nearly 100 years, producing some of the world’s most beloved and iconic snacks and treats,” said Chris Rowe, global VP of research and development, Mars Wrigley. “This facility brings exciting new capabilities and enhances the vibrant innovation culture Mars has on Goose Island.”  

The investment will bring about 30 additional jobs to the Mars Wrigley Global Innovation Center, which will bring the Mars campus total to nearly 1,000 jobs on Goose Island. Construction is slated to begin this summer and to be complete by summer 2023. 

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