(Chicago, IL) – February 14, 2012. On Valentine’s Day, Governor Pat Quinn visited the Chicago Mars candy factory to announce new data on the company’s recent Illinois growth and to pick up bags of candy for hospitalized kids.
“Right here in Illinois, Mars is manufacturing Snickers, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers and it is only fitting that we celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Mars,” said Quinn, who toured the factory.
Mars recently invested $48 million in its Chicago-based factory, which has been in production since 1929, to create a new line of products and to hire 65 employees to work on a new manufacturing line. Mars’ Chicago factory employs approximately 250 people and manufactures about 25 million candy bars a day, like 3 Musketeers, Mars Bars, Milky Way and Snickers.
There was no word on whether Quinn obtained a personal gubernatorial stash of Snickers in order to stock his desk at the governor’s mansion.
Mars donated candy to children at the nearby Shriners Hospital for Children, loading up the governor with heaps of candy who went to visit children and hand-delivered Mars candy valentines.
Happy Valentines Day, Illinois.