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September 25, 2013

Announcement worries Decatur residents

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That’s essentially what the company said Monday when it announced it’s looking for a new home.

“Our company is growing and becoming more global and more customer-centric,” CEO Patricia Woertz said. “To continue to succeed, we need a global center in a location that allows us to travel and work efficiently with customers and employees throughout the world. We also need an environment where we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills, and where family members can find ample career opportunities.”

Decatur lacks, among other things, a major airport, spokeswoman Victoria Podesta added. It’s also a difficult place to recruit some types of employees to, such as tech workers and marketers, she said.

And Chicago, city officials there said, has been talking to ADM and is on what the company says is a short list of potential destinations.

“This is a dynamic, global company that is a leader in a key industry, and we believe that they are a good fit with what Chicago has to offer,” spokesman Tom Alexander said. “We’ll do our best to keep them in Illinois.”

ADM says it won’t discuss potential locations, details of its decision-making process or when it expects to decide.

Gov. Pat Quinn has also been talking to the company, his office said.

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