CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Dec. 11 said it had selected Erlanger, Ky., as the site for a new information technology and support center that is scheduled to open in the second half of 2015. The center will be on the same campus as ADM’s Wild Flavors offices in Erlanger.
About 100 contractors and ADM colleagues initially will work at the I.T. center. The staff there eventually may expand to about 200 ADM colleagues.
“We considered other locations, but in the end, co-locating this facility with our Wild Flavors offices in Erlanger offered us a wealth of advantages,” said Marty Schoenthaler, chief information officer for ADM. “One of the ways in which ADM is making ongoing progress in enhancing returns is through careful consideration of costs throughout the business. In this case, we are controlling costs by using available space in a building we already own, and also by benefitting from tax incentives offered by the commonwealth.
“We will also be able to recruit from a strong local talent pool in northern Kentucky, and we will have quick and easy access to a major airport (the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport). This is a great example of the many synergies that we’re realizing following the Wild acquisition.”
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has given preliminary approval to tax incentives of up to $5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. To qualify for the incentives, ADM has committed to recruit heavily in Kentucky for newly created positions.
“I am delighted to celebrate ADM’s location of a new I.T. center in Erlanger,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. “This investment not only creates 200 high-paying jobs for the citizens of northern Kentucky, but it also demonstrates the company’s confidence in Kentucky’s quality workforce and business climate. I look forward to working with ADM as they continue to grow their presence in the commonwealth.”Chicago-based ADM will maintain its existing I.T. center at the company’s North American headquarters in Decatur, Ill. ADM also will continue to deliver I.T. services from several other ADM locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.