ADM to construct new flour mill in Mendota

State-of-the-art facility will increase efficiencies, allow for organic growth

MENDOTA – Archer Daniels Midland Company announced on June 2 that it will be constructing a major flour milling facility in Mendota, which will allow the company to continue to meet growing demand for flour throughout the Midwest.

The plant will be located within and utilize the company’s existing rail loop positioned on the east side of I-39 and south of the BNSF main line.

Site planning for the facility has already begun and construction will commence immediately. It is expected to be a two-year building process.

“I am very proud to welcome another division of Archer Daniels Midland Company to the City of Mendota,” said Mayor David Boelk, speaking in response to ADM’s announcement. “The City of Mendota has worked hard to market its unique location at the intersection of I-39 and the BNSF main line as well as its superior infrastructure to companies looking in the area. We knew we were positioned well and that it was a matter of time before companies recognized all we have to offer.”

“ADM and the City of Mendota have built a great foundation during this process,” said Emily McConville, Economic Development Director for the City of Mendota. “We look forward to this project and we are excited at the possibilities that exist as the result of it. Without ADM’s investment, we would not have been able to push water and sewer across I-39 for quite some time.”

“ADM’s new facility in Mendota will help us provide additional capabilities to meet ongoing demand growth in the Midwest, where we are seeing bakers expand their production capabilities,” said Mark Kolkhorst, president, ADM Milling. “In addition, our new mill will enable us to drive efficiencies, thanks to the use of new technologies and equipment, and the ability to leverage capabilities of ADM’s existing grain facility in Mendota—such as unloading 110-car shuttle trains. We are pleased to expand our presence in Mendota and continue investing in Illinois.”

During the last two years, ADM has announced projects totaling more than $250 million in the state of Illinois, including the Mendota flour mill, new Animal Nutrition production facilities in Effingham and Quincy, and the company’s partnership with DuPont Industrial Biosciences to produce furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) from fructose.

The new facility will have a daily milling capacity of 30,000 cwts, and the ability to grind soft and hard wheat varieties in order to serve a wide variety of customer needs. It is targeted to begin operations in mid-2019. When it is fully operational, ADM intends to end production at its current wheat mill in Chicago.

“We are continuing to create shareholder value by expanding strategically and driving operational efficiencies,” Kolkhorst continued. “We are excited about this important investment, and committed to meeting our goals to deliver value for customers and shareholders alike.”

ADM Milling is one of the world’s largest flour millers, with multiple wheat flour mills in the U.S. as well as in Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and the United Kingdom.

“It’s an exciting time in Mendota,” added McConville. “ADM, together with the recent expansion of Starved Rock Wood Products, will bring approximately 200 good paying full-time jobs and hundreds of temporary construction jobs to the City of Mendota. We call Mendota ‘The World’s Greatest Little City’ and now it looks like others are discovering what we have always known.”

About ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: 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 approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 250 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 38 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM connects the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at


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