King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and Mars Saudi Arabia have revealed that Mars is breaking ground on its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
The facility, which will begin operating by 2014 producing Galaxy and Galaxy Jewels, will be one of the largest chocolate factories in the GCC region. Mars Saudi Arabia has made an initial investment of US $60m with an additional $150m planned over the next 10 years.
The facility will be built to Leed Green Building standards and will initially employ 60 Mars associates on the project team with a further expected 300–400 associates once the factory is fully operational.
Mars has been operating in Saudi Arabia for 30 years and contributed to the direct and indirect job creation of a thousand jobs to date. The company is excited by the prospect of investing more in Saudi Arabia over the longer term, creating opportunities for Saudi nationals, and in supporting community-based programmess to benefit Saudis as the company has done in other parts of the GCC. The business is especially keen to encourage Saudi women who want to work, and for whom Mars is an appropriate professional environment, to join Mars Saudi Arabia and grow professionally.