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Decatur West Extraction Team

During our annual Global Safety Week, ADM is pleased to recognize the outstanding safety performance of our team at the Decatur West Extraction facility.

The facility’s safety record continues to improve each year — an achievement that Brad Birkholtz, plant manager, credits to employees taking responsibility for themselves and each other. “Safety is becoming a way of life at this facility, and we’re very proud of the strides we have made to keep each other safe in the workplace.”

Employees who go above and beyond are recognized on the plant’s “Wall of Fame,” a recognition begun following last year’s Global Safety Week. Workers are acknowledged when they reach 10 years without a work-related safety incident. The facility has 20 employees who have worked 25 years or more without an incident; some have reached the 35-year mark. The entire team of employees at the extraction facility is nearing the 1,000 day milestone without a lost time incident.

Congratulations to the Decatur West Extraction team for proving zero is possible.


Decatur has been home to the ADM Corporate Headquarters since 1969. Within the community, ADM has over 50 locations and employs over 4,600 people. ADM operates the world’s largest corn processing plant in Decatur, which produces an array of products including corn oil, corn gluten feed and meal and corn-based sweeteners. The Decatur soybean plant produces soy-based products ranging from soy flour and grits, to soy proteins and isoflavones. The nearly 150 employees at the Decatur West Extraction facility are responsible for the extraction of soybean and corn germ oil, and production of de-oiled lecithin and dairy feed. The extracted oils go to the Decatur vegetable oil refinery, where they are refined into vegetable oils and shipped by tank truck and rail to food manufacturers. 
Every day, the 27,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 240 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries. 

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