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Mondelēz International opens global innovation center in Morris County

Commissioners Join in Welcoming New Facility at May 1 Ribbon Cutting

WHIPPANY, NJ (Morris County) – Morris County Commissioner Director John Krickus and Commissioner Tayfun Selen joined other elected officials and community leaders Monday for the opening tour of the new Mondelēz International global research and development facility in Whippany.

With almost $50 million invested in building upgrades, Mondelēz’s top scientists will perform R&D in a state-of-the-art facility for some of the many tasty snacks and treats Mondelēz manufactures, such as Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, Nutter Butter, Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish.

“Morris County proudly welcomes Mondelēz International’s global innovation center. As one of the world’s largest snack producers with so many iconic brands that Americans know and love, we look forward to them unlocking the magic with their new facility here in Hanover Township,” Krickus said.

“It was a pleasure to join in the unveiling of this new research and development facility for a major employer and internationally recognized company like Mondelez.  Morris County is always interested in fostering and expanding its business base, and we are proud to have Mondelez in our business community,” Selen said.

Speakers during the ribbon cutting ceremony included Senator Bob Menendez, U.S. State Rep. Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and Hanover Mayor Ace Gallagher.

“The success of our New Jersey operations is only possible because of the passion and dedication of our Mondelēz employees, as well as our longstanding relationships and with the support of New Jersey elected officials and other community leaders,” said Frank Sabella, Senior VP R&D, Global Beverages, Gum, Candy, Meals at Mondelēz International.

“In many ways this brand-new facility is just the installment of a long tradition of innovation in the Garden State. Stretching back to the wizard of Menlo Park: Edison. Our state has been at the forefront technological advancements for centuries. Air conditioning, vacuum cleaners, Band-Aids to cell phones, so much of what we take for granted today is due to New Jersey’s great ingenuity… Suffice to say this new Mondelez facility, the end of a $50 million investment in our community will help create joy to people all across the country,” said Senator Menendez.

“New Jersey has always been and is a hub of innovation, and a great place to do business in. Why is that? Time and again I hear from CEOs and company leadership that the reason is the incredible workforce we have in the Garden State. That is thanks to our top-ranking public school system and leading colleges and universities. We also value and invest in workforce development to ensure that workers can continue to access training that can help move their careers and their employers forward,” said U.S. Rep. Sherrill.

“This ribbon cutting is a significant milestone for the new Mondelēz global research and development facility right here in Whippany. And equally important, a demonstration of its commitment to job creation and investment in the great state of New Jersey. Right here, top scientists will perform all of the R&D for the company’s famous treats,” said NJ Secretary of State Way.

“On behalf of Hanover Township, we are honored to call Mondelēz, a partner, and now a big part of our Hanover Township family,” said Mayor Gallagher.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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