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200 High-Paying Jobs to Be Created as Erlanger Welcomes New Tech & Support Center

200 high-paying jobs are expected to be created after Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced the opening of its new technology and support center in Erlanger.

The hiring process has already begun.

Governor Steve Beshear joined company and local officials in celebrating the $8.3 million project.

“ADM’s decision to expand operations in Kentucky and add 200 jobs speaks volumes about the opportunities our Commonwealth offers,” Beshear said. “Since January 2014, the food and beverage industry in northern Kentucky announced 46 new or expanding projects and $423 million invested. With the industry adding 3,100 new jobs over that time, it’s great to welcome ADM as a contributor to that growth.”

The facility, located on the campus of ADM WILD Flavors at 1260 Pacific Ave., will help the company run its global operations more efficiently. Also, the center will support the drafting and implementation of the company’s new enterprise resource planning system, 1ADM.

“As our company continues to grow, our global I.T. capabilities and infrastructure have to expand at the same time to support that growth. This new technology center enables us to attract new I.T. talent to our organization as we expand our company and our technical capabilities,” said ADM Chief Executive Officer Juan Luciano.

“We are excited to grow our presence here in Erlanger,” Luciano added. “This center is a great example of the many synergies we’ve been able to capitalize on following our acquisition of WILD Flavors last year. Co-locating the facility on the WILD campus in Erlanger gives us access to a strong local talent pool of I.T. professionals in Northern Kentucky and the entire Greater Cincinnati area, and also allowed us to execute this expansion in a cost-conscious way.”

About 70 employees and contractors are currently based in the center. The staff will eventually expand to approximately 200 ADM colleagues. The majority of the positions will be newly created as ADM expands its global I.T. support and infrastructure. In addition, 1ADM—the planning and implementation of the company’s new enterprise resource planning system—will be supported at the new facility.

Hiring for the new center is already underway, with a goal of 200 new information technology professionals added throughout the next three to four years. Positions include analysts, application architects, project managers, developers, coders and administration staff. An open house will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, for IT professionals and anyone else interested in learning about the company and the new facility. More information about the event, and the positions ADM is looking to fill, is available at www.adm.com/erlangerITjobs.

ADM, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, employs more than 33,000 people and serves customers in more than 140 countries. In Kentucky, ADM employs nearly 500 people among its WILD operations, five grain elevators and a feed business. The company’s global assets include more than 460 crop procurement locations, 300 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 40 innovation centers and a crop transportation network.

“We are proud to welcome the new ADM IT Center to Erlanger,” said State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill). “This new investment of more than $8 million and the estimated 200 jobs provided is wonderful news for our community. We are appreciative to ADM and encouraged to see  further economic growth in northern Kentucky.”

“Kentucky has a long history as a leader in agriculture and is making concerted efforts to become a global leader in feeding the world and grow our ag economy,” said Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger). “That’s why today’s news that ADM will expand the WILD operations to include support for its own world agricultural efforts is another step toward helping the Commonwealth’s farmers compete both nationally and internationally.”

“WILD Flavors has been an excellent community partner to the City of Erlanger,” said Erlanger Mayor Tyson Hermes. “We look forward to building a strong relationship with ADM and thank them for investing and bringing new jobs to our community.”

“The new ADM information technology and support center is a terrific addition to northern Kentucky’s thriving high-tech sector,” said Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, chair of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “The College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University is preparing a highly technical workforce that the new ADM IT center can leverage – helping us retain our homegrown talent with high-paying jobs in northern Kentucky.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, 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. 

Additionally, ADM was preliminarily approved by KEDFA for $200,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA 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.

ADM can also receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 4,100 Kentucky companies.

-Staff report