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ADM Plans to Relocate 100 Employees
After hearing that 100 jobs at Archer Daniels Midland are relocating, some Decatur residents are frustrated with the local economy.
"We need all the jobs we can get right here in Decatur," Jeff Seals said.
ADM officials say the move will establish a new global headquarters and customer center, something they feel is far too much for Decatur to handle.
"We realized we need a center where we're able to have customers come to visit us, business partners come to visit us, and where our employees can then work and travel through the world," the company's vice president, Victoria Podesta, said.
She said the company has more than 30,000 employees across the globe, half of them based in other countries.
The move would leave 4,400 workers in Macon County. But for Craig Coil with Decatur Economic Development Center, that extra 100 is needed.
"They're high-paying corporate white-collar jobs," Coil said. "So we're going to feel that impact to some kind of degree."
ADM employees promise the company will still have a major footprint in Macon County. Officials say they will make sure of it by giving $500,000 to Decatur's school district every year.
"Education is so important," Podesta said. "Again, if we have 4,400 employees in this city, we need a really strong pipeline of talent to continue to fill that."
The company will also donate $1 million a year to social services in Decatur and Macon County.
After dishing out so much cash, residents still feel the move is a bad idea.
"That still hurts the community," Byron Perry said. "Jobs, money, it won't be tax money coming in."