Mars Candy invests $142 million in Cleveland M&M Factory bringing more jobs to Bradley Co.

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Wrigley Mars is investing more than 100 million dollars in Bradley County.

The M&M Factory in Cleveland is expanding, as it prepares to make M&M's newest flavor, Hazelnut Spread.

Employees gathered to watch state, county and city leaders break ground at the plant looking to hire 75 new people.

The factory's also celebrating 40 years of operation today.

Site manager Mack Phillips, invited 40 year employee Rickie Joins to break ground along with local officials.

Rickie called the opportunity "an honor."

Rickie says he's worked at the Cleveland location since the doors first opened.

Adding, "It was mostly a big empty building... I was working in maintenance and we would help build the [candy] wrappers."

He says today's innovation is bittersweet as he plans to retire at the end of this month.

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