MARS Chocolate North America
Advanced Technology & Manufacturing — Topeka, KS

MARS Chocolate North America

This Mars Chocolate North America 550,000-square foot manufacturing facility was the first chocolate plant built by Mars in the U.S. in 35 years. The food-grade production and manufacturing facility sits on a 150-acre site in Topeka’s Kanza Fire Commerce Park and consists of seven structures including: production, administration, central utilities and rail buildings, as well as a guard house, waste water treatment plant, fire pump house and 286-car surface parking lot. 

The facility was built to meet leading-edge environmental standards and achieved prestigious LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

With more than 130,000 McCarthy man hours on this project, there were zero lost time safety incidents.

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  • CRM Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Awards and Recognition

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2015 Food Plant of the Year

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Food Engineering Magazine

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2014 Melvin McCarthy Award

Excellence in Quality Management
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McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

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2014 Concrete Construction Award

Low-Rise Buildings
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American Concrete Institute, Kansas City