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Mars Wrigley Awarded $31 Million to Open Offices in Newark Ironside Building

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The EDA approved a 10-year, $31.5 million Grow New Jersey grant application put forth by Mars Wrigley on Tuesday. The chocolate and candy giant has plans to move into the Ironside Newark building. Credits: brickcitylive
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NEWARK, NJ - A 10-year, $31.5 million Grow New Jersey grant application put forth by Mars Wrigley Confectionary US LLC was approved Tuesday by the state Economic Development Authority.

The chocolate and candy giant has plans to move offices into the Ironside Newark building, a seven-story, mixed-use project owned by Edison Properties and slated to open next year.

Capital investment in the 110,000 square-ft. Newark office space is an estimated $42 million, with offices to be leased for 15 years with one 10-year renewal option.

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Because Grow New Jersey is a performance-based program, Mars Wrigley will receive benefits when commitments on which their approval was based have been met, including job creation and retention and capital investment.

The company is evaluating expanding its presence in either New Jersey or Illinois, as both locations are currently home to regional headquarters.

If Mars Wrigley elects Newark as its regional hub, some 483 employees will be located on site, with 113 new jobs created and 370 jobs relocated from Hackettstown.

In addition, the company will be creating a regional operations hub at its existing Hackettstown facility and is considering an additional investment of $52 million at that location.

The Ironside Newark building is part of the city's Mulberry Commons project, which broke ground last month.

The $10 million, 22-acre open space development--a private/public project that will connect the Prudential Center to Penn Station--is expected to open up large areas of undeveloped land to residential and office development.

Mars, which merged with Wrigley in 2016, has its global headquarters in Chicago and operates in more than 70 countries.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery includes some of the company’s best-known brands including Snickers, M&M’s, Dove, Lifesavers and Starburst.

The company's application cited Newark as an urban transit hub, with the project bringing in transit-oriented development and new jobs with salaries in excess of the county average.

Mars first factory was located at 285 Badger Avenue in Clinton Hill. When it outgrew that space, the company moved to 200 North 12th Street, where it was located until 1958, when it moved production to Hackettstown.

The company joins a growing number of major corporations who have moved to Newark in the last several years, such as Panasonic and Audible, which are all hoping to take part in the city's renaissance.

Last month Newark was chosen as Governor Chris Christie's top pick for Amazon's second global headquarters.

The online retail giant announced its solicitation of North American regions earlier this year in a highly-competitive selection process for its second corporate headquarters, with Newark winning out over more than 20 competing New Jersey municipalities.

The opportunity could bring 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars of private investment to the state.

 

 

 

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Thefts from Unsecured Vehicles Reported

May 25, 2018

May 14 - Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours electronics and coins were removed from two unsecured vehicles parked on Lexington Ave.

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Maplewood and South Orange Events for Memorial Day Weekend - and What's Closed

May 24, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There is a lot going on in the two towns this Memorial Day weekend, as well as some closures on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

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The Maplewood Community Pool opens at noon for the 2018 season. (The South Orange Community Pool is opening June 2, details here.)

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For those who wish to join the pool, registration can be done in person at the Recreation Department (574 Valley St.) on weekdays from 9 a.m. to ...

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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

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The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

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SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

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Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Domestic Violence Prevention Advocates SOFIA Honors Local Leaders During Annual Gala

May 24, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - More than 200 supporters gathered at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange on Sunday to celebrate 9 years since the founding of S.O.F.I.A (Start out Fresh Intervention Advocates).

Founder Cynthia Walker and the gala committee of Chaz Moore, Kelly Moore, Lisa Boyd and Ida Walker pulled out all stops incorporating the color of purple throughout the venue for ...

Millburn Parents and Students Come Out to Board of Education Meeting to Push for Teacher Contract Resolution

MILLBURN, NJ -- Millburn school district parents and student representatives urged the Board of Education on Monday to quickly settle ongoing contract negotiations with the Millburn Education Association.

The prolonged deadlock between the board and the teachers’ union has lasted nearly a year has been bad for teacher morale and was beginning to take a toll on students, particularly at ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 24, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

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Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

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The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace - and a Memorial Day Coupon

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Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

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Wheatgrass Shot  $2.99 (Bakery)
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Rocky Marciano, Jr. Unveils Rocky Marciano Wine at Par 440 on May 31

A Champion’s Commitment. The Taste of Excellence.

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PAR 440 is the perfect venue for hosting the unveiling of the wine. The restaurant built by Mario LaVecchia, is decidedly modern with old school charm, and features amazing ...

Township of Maplewood: Notice of Public Meeting to Discuss Proposals for Pedestrian Safety Improvements and Traffic Flow Changes

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, in the Great Hall, to present and discuss proposals for pedestrian safety improvements and traffic flow changes, including making Maplewood Avenue one-way from Baker Street to Lenox Place and reversing the direction of the NJT lot. Your presence is encouraged to apprise you of ...