Archer Daniels Midland Company Headquarters

This is the corporate headquarters and, at 1,125 acres, probably the largest of ADM's 200+ manufacturing facilities worldwide. ADM is one of the largest agribusiness companies in the world. The company principally purchases raw farm products, the big American staples like wheat, corn, and soy, and transforms them into ingredients that are sold in bulk to other food manufacturing, processing, and packaging companies. There are three distinct plants within the Decatur complex, connected to each other by pipelines. These in turn are connected to the farmlands of America along railway lines that carry ADM's fleet of 13,000 railcars, and roads carrying the company's 1,200 trucks. In addition, ADM owns over 2,000 river barges, said to be the largest fleet in the world. Corn and soy are processed here at a rate of 600,000 and 200,000 bushels a day, respectively. The East Plant processes mostly corn and produces ingredients familiar in name to any American that reads processed food labels: citric acid and lactic acid (acidulants in food products); xanthan gum (adds texture and stability to things like dairy foods and bottled dressings); dextrose (a sweetener); sorbitol (a sugar free sweetener); and corn syrup. Other products made at Decatur include ethanol (a fuel additive), and lysene (widely used as a food supplement at aninal feed lots).