ADM to Meet Fast-Growing Demand For Alternative Proteins with Significant Capacity Expansion, New Innovation Center

ADM to Meet Fast-Growing Demand For Alternative Proteins with Significant Capacity Expansion, New Innovation Center

  • $300M expansion will increase soy protein concentrate production in Decatur, nearly doubling extrusion capacity
  • New Decatur-based Protein Innovation Center will power partnership, innovation and speed to meet growing customer needs

ADM (NYSE: ADM), a global leader in nutrition, announced today that it will invest approximately $300 million to significantly expand its Decatur, Illinois, alternative protein production, as the company continues to add capacity to meet strong demand growth. ADM will further enhance its alternative protein capabilities by opening a new, state-of-the-art Protein Innovation Center, also in Decatur.

“The global trends of food security and sustainability are driving structural changes in the food industry, including strong growth in alternative proteins, and we’re investing to ensure ADM remains a leader in this vast and exciting space,” said Leticia Gonçalves, ADM’s president of Global Foods. “The array of opportunity areas for alternative proteins in foods and nutrition solutions is continuing to grow at 10% CAGR, with alternative meat and dairy sales alone expected to grow by 14% a year and reach $125 billion in 2030. Our sales in this space have been growing at rates much faster than the industry’s, and our work to expand our leadership position with new innovation and capacity is an important driver of future growth for our Nutrition business. We’re proud to continue to invest and innovate, delivering on our strategy, supporting global food security and advancing sustainability for our customers and our future.”

The production increase represents a significant expansion of ADM’s alternative protein capabilities. The project – which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2025, subject to all applicable approvals and permits – will significantly strengthen ADM’s ability to meet growing global demand by increasing soy protein concentrate capacity and nearly doubling extrusion capacity at ADM’s Decatur complex. The enhancements will improve production capabilities by utilizing the latest cutting-edge technologies and processes, including best-available control technology in line with ADM’s commitments to environmentally sustainable operations.

The project is only the latest to expand ADM’s global alternative protein production capacity. Last year, the company acquired Sojaprotein, a leading European provider of non-GMO human nutrition protein solutions. Between the two investments, ADM will increase its global alternative protein production capacity by more than 30%.

The Protein Innovation Center will further expand ADM’s cutting edge Decatur-based innovation complex, joining the company’s Food Application Center and Animal Nutrition Technology Center and enhancing the company’s ability to work closely with customers to develop custom solutions to meet their needs. The new Decatur Innovation Center will bring together labs, test kitchens, and pilot-scale production capabilities to power new innovation, from novel and diversified ingredients, to more sustainable and efficient processing, to unique and differentiated texture, taste, appearance and nutrition solutions.

“Our customers choose ADM because we can innovate across the entire value chain, from seed to fork and around the globe, to arrive at the perfect solutions to meet growing consumer demand,” Gonçalves continued. “We’re proud to be the alternative protein partner of choice for global CPGs, food service companies and startups alike, with the highest-quality ingredients, unparalleled global scale, unmatched speed to market, and a value chain that no other company can offer. The investments we’re announcing today showcase our commitment to supporting their success and growing with them as more and more consumers choose alternative proteins.”

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the above statements constitute forward-looking statements. ADM’s filings with the SEC provide detailed information on such statements and risks, and should be consulted along with this release. To the extent permitted under applicable law, ADM assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

About ADM

ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We’re a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We’re blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier living. We’re a cutting-edge innovator leading the way to a new future of plant-based consumer and industrial solutions to replace petroleum-based products. We’re an unmatched agricultural supply chain manager and processor, providing food security by connecting local needs with global capabilities. And we’re a leader in sustainability, scaling across entire value chains to help decarbonize our industry and safeguard our planet. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional and sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow. Learn more at

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Howard G. Buffett Foundation Commits $9 Million To DPS Foundation to Establish FFA Ag Education Center

February 9, 2022 – The DPS Foundation announced a $9 million dollar commitment from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to build the FFA Agriculture Education Center.

This investment in infrastructure, unique among high school ag programs in the United States, will establish the Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy as one of the country’s premier dedicated Ag education sites and supplement the coursework and National FFA Organization programming available to Decatur Public School students enrolled in the program.

“When we provided the funding to create the Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy, we had no idea how successful this program would become,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman, and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “By building this facility, I believe it further solidifies the reputation of the Ag Academy and its students as among the best in the United States. We appreciate the support of this new project by the Mayor, the City Council, the County Board, and the ongoing support of the School Board, which originally embraced the inception of the Ag Academy.”

Established in August 2018 with a $1.65 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Andreas Academy includes educators and FFA Advisors at Eisenhower and MacArthur High Schools who lead a formal academic and field-based curriculum, with an emphasis on career development in the agriculture industry. Since then, Academy students from both high schools have worked collaboratively to build a hands-on Living Science Farm. At this site, they pursue entrepreneurial ventures and SAE (Supervised Ag Experience) activities with livestock and horticulture. The new facility will vastly expand the program’s acreage and dedicated instructional space.

“Decatur is proud to be the Agribusiness Capital of the World, and this innovative gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation opens new opportunities for our students,” said Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “Our future is directly tied to theirs, and giving them the foundation to grow their own success will impact this community in ways we can’t even imagine. Our thanks to Howard”

This fall, Andreas Academy FFA Officers from MacArthur High School were selected as a National Model of Excellence chapter based on activities during its third year of existence. This achievement recognized these Decatur students as a Top Ten chapter among 8,817 in the nation.

“From 202 students enrolled our first year, we’ve grown to 435 Academy members this fourth year. We’re now operating with four full-time Ag teachers after opening with two,” said Decatur Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Zach Shields. “The program has grown at a rate requiring facilities beyond those that exist in the current high school buildings.”

Marie Shaffer represents the Academy’s purpose: introducing non-traditional urban students to the world of careers connected to agriculture. She was the program’s first graduate and entered her field of study solely because of her experience in the Ag Academy.

“This program has genuinely changed my life,” said Shaffer, who served as President of the MacArthur FFA chapter and now studies plant biotechnology at the University of Illinois College of ACES (Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences). “There have been so many opportunities presented to me through the Andreas Academy, and I can’t wait to see where else agriculture takes me.”

“I want to commend Howard G. Buffett and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for once again investing in our community and in our kids’ futures with this latest commitment,” said Kevin Greenfield, Chairman of the Macon County Board. “This additional $9 million investment in infrastructure will allow Decatur public high school students to gain hands-on experience and be educated in a real-world environment, better preparing them to pursue the wide range of employment opportunities available in agriculture.”

Read More about the Ag Academy HERE.

ADM Opens Aquaculture Innovation Lab at its Animal Nutrition Technology Center in North America

Decatur, Illinois, January 18, 2022 – ADM (NYSE: ADM), a global leader in human and animal nutrition, announced today the opening of its Aquaculture Innovation Lab at the Animal Nutrition Technology Center (ANTC) in Decatur, Illinois. This laboratory extends ADM’s international research and development capabilities to a new region, building on existing aquaculture research facilities located in Brazil, Mexico and Vietnam.

“The opening of this new wet lab demonstrates our commitment to scientific discovery, bringing expanded capabilities to our competitive aqua innovation network worldwide,” said Nuria Miquel, Ph.D. , Vice President, R&D, ADM Animal Nutrition. “It also reinforces knowledge-sharing between our animal and human nutrition colleagues, allowing our innovation projects to benefit from a central hub of expertise.”

Housed within the 12,000 sq. ft. ANTC facility, aqua researchers will have access to a pilot lab that allows production of commercial-equivalent feeds for rapid prototyping of new technologies, such as feed ingredients and additives that can increase production efficiency, mitigate environmental impact and improve animal health and welfare. In addition, the ANTC is strategically located near ADM’s James R. Randal Research Center and ADM production facilities in Decatur.

“This location positions the new aquaculture lab at the heart of our innovation capabilities and the project lifecycle teams that drive nutrition breakthroughs, from concept to commercialization,” said John Bowzer, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist in Aquaculture and on-site director of the Aquaculture Innovation Lab.

ADM’s aqua facilities in Latin America and Southeast Asia include outdoor research labs for shrimp and fish in large, farm-like systems. The unique flexibility of the North American lab is designed for upstream research and product development. At the Aquaculture Innovation Lab, trials can be conducted with a variety of target species and segments, including various water temperature and salinity with tight control over water quality conditions, fish performances, behavior and health status. Its first trials are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

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About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at

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Wolf Carbon Solutions, ADM Announce Partnership to Advance Decarbonization of Ethanol Production

Decatur is quickly becoming the largest sequestration hub in the world thanks to the ADM and Wolf Carbon Solutions project announced today. Two innovative companies paving the pathway toward further decarbonization of ADM’s footprint via construction of a pipeline – developed, owned and operated by Wolf Carbon Solutions – which, together with a commercial agreement, will allow for the capture, compression and transportation of carbon dioxide produced at ADM’s Clinton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facilities.

The pipeline will offer dedicated capacity to transport CO2 from ADM’s ethanol and cogeneration facilities in Clinton and Cedar Rapids to be stored permanently underground at ADM’s fully permitted and already-operational sequestration site in Decatur, Illinois. The pipeline would have significant spare capacity to serve other third-party customers looking to decarbonize across the Midwest and Ohio River Valley.

Read the full announcement here.

Manufacturing Week 2021






During the month of October, the EDC joined around the country to celebrate Manufacturing Month. Our community’s legacy and success is due to the contributions made by manufacturers and their employees. For the sixth year in a row, the EDC worked with these local manufacturers to host “Manufacturing Week” in Decatur.

From October 18th through October 22nd, the EDC hosted Manufacturing Week in Macon County – a celebration of local manufacturers and their employees. The celebration helped show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors for folks to see the importance of manufacturing firsthand.

Decatur and Macon County did just this through social media campaigns with interviews and were able to reach nearly 25,000 people. We met staff members, learned about companies, and saw what it was like working day-to-day in a manufacturing job. If you missed last week, click here to catch up.

Thank you to all our local manufacturers who helped spread the news, provided us with marketing materials and collateral to share, invited us inside their company, and helped illustrate how vital manufacturing is to our local economy.


The Atkins Group Announces Construction of Cardinal Warehouse, a 635,000SF logistics facility in Decatur, IL











The Atkins Group Announces Construction of Cardinal Warehouse, a 635,000SF logistics facility in Decatur, IL

Decatur & Urbana, Illinois – The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (EDC) and the city of Decatur joins The Atkins Group to announce the construction of a warehouse and distribution facility, on Decatur’s northeast side. The 635,000-square-foot facility will be developed at 4250 North Commercial Crossing in the city’s logistics corridor.

“The Atkins Group (TAG) is thrilled to be starting construction on Cardinal Warehouse in Decatur.  The site is positioned perfectly for logistics with quick convenient access to I-72.  To reach this stage, TAG is grateful for the cooperation and support from the City of Decatur, Macon County and the EDC,” says Mark Dixon, president of TAG. “Besides the government agencies, TAG appreciates the services of Mike Dean of Cushman & Wakefield and AJ Thoma of Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty.”

“We greatly appreciate The Atkins Group for selecting Decatur for this exciting project,” says Nicole Bateman, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County. “This new facility not only creates jobs in our community but also highlights Decatur’s position as an emerging logistics and distribution center.”

Up to 75 employees will work at the facility and the development will benefit from the Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone. Construction has recently started at the site and will wrap up in the summer of 2022.

“This project shows that Decatur remains a key location for industrial expansion and logistics, and that the city’s planning for a logistics corridor is paying off,” said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe. “The city and Macon County worked together closely with all parties to move this project forward, especially in making modifications to the future beltway plans to accommodate the project.”

Additional partners on the construction project include ARCO National Construction, Martin Engineering Company, and GMA Architects.

The Atkins Group, a family-owned business based in Urbana, has real estate holdings consisting of residential, farm, industrial, office and commercial properties. TAG currently invests and manages real estate properties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and California.


About The Atkins Group

The Atkins Group owns and manages a diverse portfolio of holdings in residential, office, retail, industrial, and farm land investments. Each division works with clients on a custom experience to fit every need; from finding the right land, buying and selling, to coordinating concept designs, bids, and build-outs.  For the industrial holdings, TAG provides project management and property management services.  John Martinie, VP of Development, will be the project manager for the Cardinal Warehouse project.

About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with and on behalf of local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

Nicole Bateman, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Technical Assistance Hours for B2B Grant Applicants







As a Community Navigator, the EDC is providing free and confidential assistance for businesses who wish to apply for the State of Illinois’ Back to Business (B2B) grant program.

Assistance provided includes:

  • Answering questions regarding the grant program
  • Help with submitting the application online
  • Scanning and printing of required documents*

All appointments must be scheduled and no walk-in appointments will be available. To schedule, click here to find a date and time that works best for you. If a time is not available that fits your schedule, contact us at and we will work to find a new date and time that works best for you.

*The grant program requires a copy of your business’s 2019 AND 2020 Federal tax returns, two business bank statements (one from the period March through December 2020, and your most recent statement), and your business owner ID.

Decatur, IL Ranked 10th in the Nation for Top Manufacturing Hubs and 9th for Industrial Parks

July 27, 2021

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Nicole Bateman, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Decatur, IL Ranked 10th in the Nation for Top Manufacturing Hubs and 9th for Industrial Parks

Decatur, IllinoisBusiness Facilities’ 17th Annual Metro Rankings Report recognizes Decatur with two Top 10 Rankings: 10th for Top Manufacturing Hubs and the Decatur Commerce Park ranked 9th in the Industrial Parks category.

Among other criteria, Business Facilities’ editors based the Manufacturing Hubs ranking on cities where manufacturing’s share (by percentage) of the total workforce is the highest. Of the 47,800 people currently employed in Macon County, 10,900 (or 22.8%) work in Manufacturing; in the United States (as a whole), the average is 8.5%. In 2020, over $2.25 Billion was paid out in wages to the Decatur area community. Nearly 40% of those wages (almost $900 million) were paid to manufacturing employees.

“Everyone, from our small manufacturing companies to our global powerhouses, contributes to the fabric of our strong local economy,” says Nicole Bateman, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County (EDC). “At a time when there’s a renewed focus on U.S. manufacturing, we’re proud to receive recognition for being a top manufacturing hub.”

The EDC annually coordinates Manufacturing Days in October to expose area high school students to careers in manufacturing. 2021 will be the sixth year organizing more than a dozen companies to shine a light on job opportunities.

Business Facilities also ranked the nation’s leading industrial parks. The magazine states that size, growth potential, recent expansions and unique assets like water resources and on-site utilities were key factors in their Industrial Parks ranking.

“Commerce Park is the perfect location to build your facility and flourish in Decatur,” says Jaime Weiss, owner and managing agent of Commerce Park. “We have the capability to construct up to one-million square feet at our 147-acre industrial park. Your company can take advantage of everything Decatur has to offer, like direct connectivity to the Midwest Inland Port to get farther faster.”

“As an industrial park of this size, Commerce Park services massive markets and is able to access more than 99 million people for same-day delivery,” says Bateman. “With rail on site, intermodal ramp across the street and a massive build-to-suit opportunity, it’s easy to see why Commerce Park was recognized as ninth in the nation. It provides rich economic development opportunities for Decatur.”

For more information on the 2021 Metro Rankings Report and Business Facilities, visit To find local careers in manufacturing, visit For more information on Commerce Park, click here.


About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

Economic Development Week 2021












Happy Economic Development Week!

Created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere. Economic Development Week includes activities in communities large and small designed to highlight the importance of economic development and the good work that economic developers do each day.

To help us celebrate, we invite you to explore some of the benefits we offer businesses in Macon County including Enterprise Zone incentives, Small Business Development Center and International Trade Center services, research capabilities, a community marketing and branding initiative, and the Midwest Inland Port. Learn more about each below.

Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone
A variety of state and local incentives are available in the Decatur-Macon County Enterprise Zone including local property tax abatement for eligible products. Projects may also be eligible for incentives from the state of Illinois that are customized to meet the unique needs of the business, including tax credits related to employment activity.  The purpose of offering these benefits and incentives to businesses is to attract new industry and revitalize existing businesses by providing targeted initiatives and financial incentives to reduce operating and construction costs. Learn more information about enterprise zone incentives here.

SBDC & ITC Services
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides one-on-one counseling, technical assistance, training seminars, information provision, network opportunities, business development and real estate expertise for business owners, startups and entrepreneurs.

Additionally, the International Trade Center (ITC) provides support in evaluating a company’s readiness to export, shipping and logistics, compliance regulations, international business planning, international trade techniques, export processes, and international market opportunities.

Both the SBDC and ITC are no cost services provided by a partnership between the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation.

Learn more about these business services here.

Research Capabilities
Another benefit offered by the EDC are numerous research capabilities. When companies need help, we are here to offer assistance with tools and resources such as employee training, GIS data mapping, demographic research, workforce studies and more. If you are needing something specific, do not hesitate to give us a call to see how we can assist you.

Limitless Decatur & Macon County
Decatur and Macon County’s community marketing and branding initiative, Limitless Decatur & Macon County, started in 2016 and is housed at the EDC.

The initiative came to realization through the EDC and Grow Decatur’s work to develop a strong, consistent brand to help serve as the driving force for an overall strategy that would educate, inform, and build community pride amongst current residents, business owners, and motivate potential newcomers to live and do business in Decatur and Macon County.

Through this community marketing process, perceptions have been shifted and a common vision has been created for our future that will stimulate economic growth from which we all benefit.

Learn more about Limitless Decatur & Macon County here.

Midwest Inland Port
First developed in 2015, the Midwest Inland Port (MIP) is the strategic development of Decatur as a distribution transportation center that capitalizes on Decatur’s central geography, its existing rail services and interconnectivity, the potential of its quality airport infrastructure and its interstate access.

The MIP connects the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America. Additionally, the MIP area has access to 33 million people within one day’s drive round trip including the cities of Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and the outskirts of Milwaukee. Over 95 million people are within 500 miles for same day delivery including Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Columbus, Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Wichita, Omaha, and Minneapolis.

Read more about the MIP here.

So there you have it, folks. These are some of the benefits the EDC provides to our local community. Our number one priority is taking care of the businesses in our county. When companies need help, the EDC is here to offer tools and resources such as those mentioned above.

The nature of our work puts us in contact with a lot of different people. In the course of one work day, we could be hosting a foreign delegation showing off all the best Macon County can offer, while helping a family business search for a new site, and developing our next community marketing campaign. The variety is super fun and makes us very proud of where we live, work, and play. Please do not hesitate to contact us today if we can help your business.

For a fun way to help explain what we do, watch the video below:


IDES Informational Zoom Meeting on Unemployment Benefits

Worried about when your unemployment benefits may run out? Did you know that you may be eligible to continue receiving your benefits while going back to school to learn a new trade or career?

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the Decatur Illinois workNet Center’s Business Service Team invites you to an informational workshop. (Please note: this counts as an unemployment work search activity)

What: Virtual Zoom Informational Meeting
When: 9:30 to 10:30 AM | Thursday, May 6, 2021
How: Call 217-875-8751 for the Zoom invitation link
Where: Call in from your own personal computer, tablet or phone.

This event is sponsored by IDES and the Decatur Illinois workNet Center’s Business Service Team.

Here are some topics that will be covered:

  • Finding good-paying, local jobs
  • Transferring existing skills to other jobs/careers
  • Continuing unemployment benefits while learning a new trade/career
  • Learning what training is available and how it may be paid for
  • Availability of community assistance during difficult times
  • Other FREE resources are available at your local Illinois workNet Center

Call 217-875-8751 for your Zoom Invitation Now.