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.
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.