- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Design delays are pushing the start of work on Mars Food’s $31 million to modernization of its Greenville plant into 2016.

Mars Food makes Uncle Ben’s Rice and other products at the plant.

Washington County Economic Alliance executive director Cary Karlson tells the Delta Democrat-Times (https://bit.ly/1E3O73w ) Mars hopes to begin construction by the first of year. He says the company hasn’t come up with a completion date as of now.

Mars plans to add 25 jobs to the current 226 full-time and 230 contract workers at the operation.

The Mississippi Development Authority is giving Mars $3.25 million to help with upgrades inside the existing plant.

Privately-held Mars, based in McLean, Virginia, opened its Greenville site in 1978. Today, Uncle Ben’s facility occupies 250,000 square feet on 110 acres.

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, https://www.ddtonline.com


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