The New Jersey Economic Development Authority recently offered the company a $31 million tax break to help it expand in New Jersey, reports say. Last month, Mars Wrigley was approved for an annual tax credit package worth $3.15 million for a 10-year term if it makes a $42 million capital investment in a leased office complex about a half-mile from Newark Penn Station, NJ.com reported.
The company said operating a new office in Newark is an opportunity for Mars to return to its roots. More than 75 years ago Mars opened its doors in Newark, when M&M's were first created in 1941 as military rations during World War II.
The company also has deep roots and operations in Hackettstown since moving to the community in 1958 to accommodate growth.
By July 2020, there will be approximately 500 associates working in Newark and approximately 1,000 associates in Hackettstown, the company estimates.
"Creating U.S. offices in New Jersey will allow us to keep driving growth, while also positioning us to retain and attract the future talent needed for our continued success," de Pablos Barbier said.
Mars will continue to employ thousands of associates across Chicago and in Illinois, including Mars Wrigley Confectionery's global headquarters and Mars Food's U.S. headquarters, in addition to several manufacturing sites.
Mars Wrigley joins a growing list of companies that have announcing job hirings in New Jersey. They include: