Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Archer Daniels Midland Company to Bring 200 Jobs to Northern Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 11, 2014  
Revision Date:  Thursday, December 11, 2014 
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Company recently purchased Kentucky-based WILD Flavors GmbH

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Scores of high-paying jobs are coming to northern Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) plans to establish an IT center in Erlanger.

ADM, a global agriculture and food ingredient company, is slated to create 200 local jobs.

“I am delighted to celebrate ADM’s location of a new IT center in Erlanger,” said Gov. 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.”

ADM recently purchased WILD Flavors GmbH, also in Erlanger. ADM plans to place the IT center inside an unoccupied building on WILD’s campus. The IT center will be an important hub for the company as ADM’s IT support and infrastructure continues to grow and its global business expands.

“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. Christian 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.”

“The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (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.”

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.

For more information on ADM, visit

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