Mars PetCare on schedule with Global Innovation Center construction

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This 50,000 gallon irrigation pond will be used to water landscaping at the Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company Global Innovation Center by reclaiming rainfall and recycling grey water.
A construction worker inspects PVC for utility room at the Pilot Plant. The 56,000 square foot pilot plant is one of four buildings on the campus and will be used to manufacture pet food in small batches for the pets living on site.
A worker places finishing touches on the HVAC system in one of the production floors of the Pilot Plant.

Mars PetCare is on schedule for the new Global Innovation Center being built at State Route 840 and Columbia Pike in Thompson’s Station, according to Greg Creasey, communication manager with Mars PetCare.

“When we started the project we were referring to our campus as the Regional Innovation Center, but we quickly realized the work we’ll do in Thompson’s Station has the ability to impact our pet business around the globe,” he said. ” So now we’re calling it our Global Innovation Center – it just makes more sense.”

The center is “approaching 90 percent completion on the structural construction of our campus,” Creasey said. “We’re still on track for overall construction of the campus to be finished by April 2014. Once the structural construction is complete, we’ll focus our attention on equipment installation, fixtures and furniture.”

The construction phase for the Pet Feeding Center was recently completed and an occupancy permit was issued for that building only.

“It was important to complete the construction of our Pet Feeding Center first, so we can prepare for the arrival of our pets later in the year,” he said. “The Pet Feeding Center is where our pets are treated like members of our family, including on-site grooming, veterinary care, training, and agility courses. We’ll also replicate the real-life situations where pets are fed by family.”

Mars PetCare is currently talking with local shelters and rescues to locate some of the pets that will live on the campus, he added.

“The parking lots and curbing are currently being installed, along with landscaping and campus walking trails,” he said. “Construction of our rainwater irrigation pond is complete, which will provide water needed for the campus’ landscaping.”

The company has also begun hiring for some positions at the campus, mainly for the Pet Feeding Center. Information about available jobs can be found on the Mars Inc. website,, and will be updated regularly.