ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley say they have hit the phones, rallying support for Archer Daniels Midland to make St. Louis its new home.

Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced Monday that it intends to move its headquarters out of Decatur, Illinois while maintaining a significant presence in the central Illinois town. Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis are believed to be among the top candidates.

Slay says the city and county are working together to bring ADM to the region.

“As far as we’re concerned, if they come to St. Louis, whether it’s the city or county, we’re all going to benefit,” the mayor said.

Slay said he has been on the phone with several top ADM officials this week. When asked if top officials from the Danforth Plant Science Foundation or Monsanto have been in touch with ADM, rallying for St. Louis, he said “the science community is talking.”

“If ADM does decide to come to St. Louis, wherever it is will be fine with me,” Slay said when asked if the company would need a sprawling campus like Monsanto or a downtown skyscraper.

Dooley said he first heard the news over the weekend and began working on attracting the agricultural giant Monday. He said there should be a packet presented to ADM soon from the regional economic council, outlining everything the region has to offer.

ADM recently said an international airport was important to the company and Slay says there have been conversations with Lambert Airport.

“There’s been continuing discussions about trying to get international flights in Lambert and we’re still attempting to move in that direction,” he added.


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