MATTOON, Ill. — Mars Petcare on June 21 celebrated the 40-year anniversary of pet food production at its Mattoon plant, which was the company’s first dry pet food facility in the United States and remains its largest dry food, pet care and treat product factory in North America.

Namesake brands such as PEDIGREE, DENTASTIX, IAMS and CESAR are produced at the Mars’ Mattoon location and distributed nationwide.

"We're proud to celebrate the Mattoon site's 40 years of operation and share this moment with our associates and the greater community," said Renee Peets, vice president of supply chain for Mars. "The pet food industry continues to grow and evolve, and I feel very proud that our Mattoon site continues to deliver safe, high quality pet food to four-legged family members across the country."

Mars has invested $90 million into the facility over the last decade. One renovation added 65,000 sq. ft. and nearly 50 jobs to the Mattoon plant. Currently, it employs nearly 200 people.

The Mattoon facility sources its raw ingredients within 150 miles. It also donates pet food to local K-9 units and animal shelters.

"The Mattoon manufacturing site has been, and will continue to be, a bedrock of our community," said Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover. "Through Mars Petcare's investments and charitable initiatives, the company has shown their support for our citizens, and we look forward to the next 40 years of partnership ahead."

Mars commissioned the Mattoon factory in February of 1977 and began production June of 1979.

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