$52m Mars upgrade supported by government

Tuesday, 05 March, 2013

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of support for the $52 million expansion of the Mars confectionery plant in Ballarat.

Tim Piper, Victorian Director of Ai Group, said the expansion and support shows Mars’ and the government’s commitment to manufacturing.

“Mars has been very important in the Australian confectionery landscape and is a major employer in Ballarat,” Piper said. “Its expansionary plans will be a fillip for the area.”

“The state government’s support for the new plant is positive recognition for Mars manufacturing in the state and for employment in Ballarat, and is helping to deliver on the government’s promise to support manufacturing.”

The Ballarat production line upgrades are expected to benefit export opportunities and boost productivity at Mars.

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