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New IT Center in Erlanger Brings 200 Tech Jobs

The recent acquisition of WILD Flavors by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will bring a new IT center to Northern Kentucky.

WILD has been in operation since 1994 and currently employs 400 people. ADM's acquisition was completed in the fall.

ADM will bring 200 new jobs ADM to the region which will increase the number of IT/data center employees in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties by almost 15 percent. The average salary for these occupations in the region is $73,906.

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) welcomed the news of the new IT center.

“Tri-ED works hard to attract high tech, successful and growing companies like ADM to our region,” said Steve Arlinghaus, Kenton County Judge-Executive and chairman of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “The high-paying jobs being created at the IT center in Erlanger will benefit all three counties and add to the diversity of our economy in Northern Kentucky.”

“The new 200,000 square foot IT center will be established in WILD Flavors’ current facility in Erlanger,” said Dan Tobergte, President & CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “The new ADM IT center in Northern Kentucky strengthens our region’s position as a prime location for high-tech operations.”

ADM joins several Fortune 500 companies with IT operations and data centers, which are managed by Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions and Dell, Inc., in Northern Kentucky.

"The addition of another high-tech employer in Northern Kentucky provides new partnership opportunities for the College of Informatics and our students," said Dean Kevin Kirby, Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics. "We recently hosted ADM executives at Griffin Hall and look forward to working with the company as it establishes the IT center in Erlanger."

“The addition of the ADM IT center in Northern Kentucky enhances the opportunity we have to develop and retain talented technology and informatics graduates in our region,” added Tobergte. “Northern Kentucky Tri-ED will continue to be the liaison with our existing industries and higher education institutions to develop the workforce needed in the region.”

“I am delighted to celebrate ADM’s location of a new IT center in Erlanger,” Governor Steve Beshear said in a news release. “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.”

“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, ADM chief information officer. “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 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. This is a great example of the many synergies that we’re realizing following the WILD acquisition.”

For more than a century, the people of ADM have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, ADM is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 33,000 employees serving customers in more than 140 countries. With a global value chain that includes more than 470 crop procurement locations, 285 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 40 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM connects the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses.

WILD Flavors is one of the world’s leading suppliers of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry. WILD has been in operation northern Kentucky since 1994 and currently employs around 430 people.

“We welcome ADM to Kenton County,” said Sen. Chris McDaniel, of Taylor Mill. “We’re thrilled that ADM is building on its investment in WILD Flavors by adding a new IT Center and high-paying jobs in northern Kentucky.”

“The decision to establish this facility in Erlanger is a strong indication of our region’s workforce and technology infrastructure,” said Rep. Adam Koenig, of Erlanger. “We look forward to working with ADM and supporting its global operations and continued growth.”

“I’d like to thank ADM for its decision to establish its new facility in Erlanger,” said Erlanger Mayor Tom Rouse. “Two hundred new high-paying jobs will help our community continue to grow and thrive.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in northern Kentucky, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

KEDFA also approved ADM for tax benefits up to $200,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.

-Staff report