If you haven’t heard the exciting news already, Mars Chocolate is building a new chocolate factory in Topeka, Kansas – their first new American chocolate factory in 35 years! At a time when Americans need jobs more than almost ever, this $250 million investment will bring 200 jobs right out of the gate, with numbers possibly rising to as many as 1,000 jobs moving forward. That’s a lot of jobs and a lot of candy, and those are 2 of our favorite things!
We first read this exciting story in the abc NEWS/Money section of their website in an article titled, “Made in America: From Candy to Candles, Companies Bring Jobs Home”. The article goes on to explain that this won’t simply be any old factory, but a “facility to meet LEEDS [Leadership in Energy and Environment Design] Gold standards for construction and building efficiency as well as to take advantage of sustainable energy resources that the state of Kansas has to offer.” New jobs, American-made candy, and environmental-friendliness? I may have to go grab a Milky Way from the refrigerator just to calm down!
Other companies in non-candy industries are also mentioned in the article for moving jobs back to the US as well, including Farouk, a popular hair care company, and Chesapeake Bay Candle, who will be moving back to Maryland (where their name will make a lot more sense!). In addition to increasing jobs, there is much mention of increasing overall quality, a word that is often very accurately associated with “Made in America”.
We hope you’re all as excited as we are here at Blair Candy about the new Mars Chocolate factory on the horizon! It’s important to let ourselves celebrate news of new jobs and industry at every turn, whether it is one new job created, 200 or 2,000. Big changes might not happen overnight, but as long as we’re headed in the right direction, they can and will happen…one candy bar, curling iron, and candle at a time.