The Mars Waco Plant began operating in 1976, becoming the first Mars facility west of the Mississippi River. The company built a plant that has brown to 625,00 square feet with 870 employees, who in addition to M&M’s, also make Skittles, Starburst, Twix, Mars, Snickers and Milky Way candies. Snickers is America’s favorite candy bar.
The Waco Plant remains Mars’ largest maker of candies and is a “flagship” location. Mars was founded in 1911 in Tacoma, Washington and has grown to a $14 billion-a-year company by selling snack foods, pet foods and Uncle Ben’s products in addition to candy. It now has plants in 11 states and corporate offices in Vernon,California and Hackettstown, N.J. It also has manufacturing facilities in other countries.
7900 Mars Drive, Waco, TX 76712