ADM to reopen in Galesburg

December 23, 2011 04:10 PM
Mayor Sal Garza is calling ADM's announcement that they are going to reopen their facility a "new chapter" in the company's relationship with Galesburg. On August 22, 2011, Archer Daniels Midlands announced that it was closing its soybean processing plant in Galesburg. Four months later, on Thursday, December 22, 2011 ADM announced that it would reopen the facility next July as a grain elevator.
Mayor Garza remarked, "This was the result of a lot of hard work on the part of city officials, our economic development team and our local legislators. State Senator Darren LaHood and State Representative Don Moffitt were very supportive in helping Galesburg engage with ADM to review and work on other options." The Mayor went on and stated that he also "wants to commend ADM officials for their willingness to be open to other options and to work with the communities where their facilities are located."
State Representative Don Moffitt offered praise for the city's focused and quick response to news of the closure in August, recalling that, "the Mayor quickly got city officials and the economic development team working on arranging a meeting with ADM and starting a dialogue about the options. These aren't easy times, but the city's response is probably key in getting the facility reopened. I am happy about the amount of collaboration that went into this outcome."
The facility, according to the ADM press release, will employ five, and have a storage capacity of about 1 million bushels with the ability to add temporary storage if needed. Mayor Garza added that he is confident that, "we can grow this potential. What we were facing was the end of the run ADM had in this community since 1965. As one chapter comes to an end for that facility, a new chapter has begun." ADM vice president Doug Johns stated that, "ADM appreciates the cooperation and patience of Mayor Garza and the community as we considered options for our Galesburg facility. We look forward to working with area farmers to help connect the Illinois harvest to homes throughout the world."
Additionally, Mayor Garza said, "This is indicative of a new level of confidence about the economic development efforts in the city. My intent all along was we can't allow our community to quit on itself. We have to go after every opportunity, even when it appears there aren't any options on the table. A lot of people worked hard to make this happen, and they deserve a 'well done'."
Plans are also being formed to explore what assistance the city can provide ADM to help grow this facility in the future.


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