ADM to Sell Global Cocoa Business to Olam

$1.3 billion transaction frees capital for higher-return, less-volatile investments

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International Limited (SGX: O32) for $1.3 billion, subject to customary adjustments.

“We are continuing to actively manage our portfolio to create shareholder value by improving returns and dampening the volatility of our earnings,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. “This transaction will allow us to redeploy capital to investments that offer improved returns potential and less volatility than the cocoa business, or distribute excess capital to shareholders, or a combination of both.”

The sale encompasses ADM’s entire global cocoa business, including processing facilities in Mississauga, Canada; Koog aan de Zaan and Wormer, Netherlands; Mannheim, Germany; Ilhéus, Brazil; Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Kumasi, Ghana; and Singapore. Also included are ADM’s buying stations in Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, and Indonesia, as well as the company’s deZaan and UNICAO brands.

The majority of the approximately 1,550 colleagues in ADM’s cocoa business will transfer to Olam with the sale.

The proposed sale, which is contingent on customary regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015.

This transaction does not impact the sale of ADM’s chocolate business to Cargill, which is progressing as planned.

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.

Kurt Rudsinski

Midland States Bank Announces Bloomington/ Decatur Expansion and Appointment Of Rudsinski 
As Market President

Midland States Bank has announced the expansion of commercial lending services in the Bloomington and Decatur markets and the appointment of Kurt Rudsinski as Market President. Midland opened Wealth Management offices in both cities earlier this year.
Jeffrey Mef-ford, Senior Vice President of Community Banking at Midland, commented, “The addition of lending services shows our confidence in the region’s potential and is a natural progression of our expansion within the Bloomington and Decatur markets. We are fortunate to have a person of Kurt’s experience and knowledge of these communities join the Midland team.”
In his new role, Rudsinski’s primary responsibility will be in providing leadership focused on cultivating business development and commercial relationships in both markets.
“Midland’s financial strength and lending capacity allows me to partner with local businesses and provide financing options, as well as help them support their growth with cash management programs and merchant services,” Rudsinski said. “Much of my career has been spent in financial services in Bloomington and Decatur, and I am looking forward to continuing to help area businesses achieve their financial goals.”
Rudsinski began his financial career in 1992 and has held leadership positions at two banks and a manufacturing company in the Bloomington/Decatur area. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois State University in Normal and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
He is available by appointment at both Midland’s Decatur and Bloomington offices and can be contacted by phone at 217-520-6796 or email at

Fuyao Glass Group Announces Construction Plans

 Fuyao Glass Group has announced that it has retained Henry F. Teichmann, Inc. (“HT”) of McMurray, PA as its general contractor for the previously announced work planned for the former PPG facility near Mt. Zion, IL. Henry F. Teichmann, Inc. specializes in engineering and construction services for the glass industry and has been used for most work at the PPG facility over more than ten years. This information was discussed in a recent meeting among officials of Fuyao Glass Group, Henry F. Teichmann, Inc. and the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (“EDC”).
Larry Altenbaumer, President of the EDC, said: “The EDC is making an effort to visit with companies that have announced a major planned development in advance of any actual work being performed. We want to work with companies and their general contractors in an effort to optimize the utilization of available incentives and local labor.”
Robert P. Woelke, Director of Major Projects for HT, said: “It is a great honor to have been selected by Fuyao Glass Group to be the general contractor for this exciting redevelopment project. We have a longterm history of doing work at this facility for PPG utilizing local labor, and we look forward to utilizing local labor to provide the same level of quality service to the Fuyao Glass Group on an ongoing basis.”
While Mr. Woelke indicated that some specialty work may require nonlocal resources, he expects the bulk of the skilled craft work to be performed by local craftsmen.
“The members of the Decatur Building and Construction Trades Council (“DBCTC”) applaud Fuyao Glass Group for investing in the Mt. Zion PPG facility and for choosing H.F. Teichmann and the skilled craftsmen of the DBCTC for their upcoming project,” said Shad Etchason, DBCTC President.
“Preliminary estimates are that about 50 craftsmen will be utilized on a fairly consistent basis over the twoyear life of the overall project,” noted John Gauthier, Plant Manager for Fuyao Glass Group. “We are making a major, longterm investment in this facility that will support good quality jobs for years to come as the revamped production lines return to operation. It is great that we are able to provide additional local economic benefit by having the majority of this critical work performed with local skilled workers.”
Shad Etchason noted, “The Decatur Building and Construction Trades Council and PPG have enjoyed a long and productive partnership, and we look forward to working with Fuyao Glass Group for many years to come in order to meet their future construction and maintenance needs.”
 Woelke added: “We also plan to use local vendors and service providers for as much of the daytoday support requirements as possible.” The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will assist Fuyao Glass in identifying local support resources and vendors.
Altenbaumer added: “We want to work with companies and provide incentives that support their operational success; but we also want to take advantage of the construction phase of these projects to further the overall economic benefit to our community. In the case of Fuyao Glass Group and Henry F. Teichmann, Inc., their plans fully meet all our objectives regarding the use of the local skilled labor market.” 

Hobby Lobby to Open at Hickory Point Mall

Officials with Hickory Point Mall have announced that a brand new Hobby Lobby is slated to open at the shopping center in September of 2015, in space formerly occupied by JCPenney.  
Construction on the 60,000 square foot store is targeted to begin after the first of the year.
“We are delighted to welcome Hobby Lobby to the outstanding line-up of retailers at Hickory Point Mall,” says Cathy Mitteer, general manager of the shopping center. “We know our shoppers will be very excited about this new addition.”

Decatur Memorial Hospital Named One Of Nation's
50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for the Fourth Year in a Row
by Truven Health Analytics

For the fourth consecutive year, Decatur Memorial Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics.

The study, now in its 16th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in this critical area of hospital care.  As is the case with the 100 Top Hospital study published annually by Truven Health, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years and are widely-regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as in evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® study evaluates performance in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.  This study has been conducted annually since 1999.

"Being honored four years in a row as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics is a testament to the years of effort put in by a committed team of DMH doctors and staff,” said Ken Smithmier, President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “We are grateful for the recognition and look forward to continuing to set the quality standard in heart care for our community."

The study and subsequent analysis of the positive variances these leading cardio service hospitals show, indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated.  In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners, more than:

  • Nearly 9,500 additional lives could be saved
  • More than $1 billion could be saved
  • More than 3,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication free

The 50 Top Cardiovasular Hospitals study infers a significant correlation between hospital leadership and their organization’s outcome and quality achievements,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics.

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2012 and 2013 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2013 Medicare cost reports, and 2014 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 10th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

Ron Drane

Midland States Bank Opens Wealth Management Office
in Downtown Decatur

EFFINGHAM, ILLINOIS – November 6, 2014 – Midland States Bank is pleased to announce the opening of its new Wealth Management office at 240 South Main in downtown Decatur. The new office is located in the old city hall building, which was originally built in 1879 and is currently being renovated as part of the revitalization of downtown Decatur.

“Midland is very excited to be a partner in the renovation of this historic building and the renaissance of the downtown,” said Ron Drane, Managing Director of the Decatur Wealth Management office. “Not only does this move demonstrate our commitment to Decatur, but it is gratifying taking a building with a proud heritage and adapting it to today’s business needs.”

Working with Drane are Senior Wealth Advisor Carol Craig, Portfolio Manager Elizabeth Braden, Wealth Advisor Vanessa Spenard, Private Client Relationship Manager Eman Elsayed, and Wealth Advisor Danielle Diskey.

“Our expansion into Decatur compliments our focus of building long-term client relationships,” said Eric Chojnicki, President of Midland’s Wealth Management Group. “Ron and his team have tremendous experience and share the same customer driven, personal service philosophy for which Midland is well known.”

In addition to Decatur, Midland’s Wealth Management Group recently opened an office in Bloomington, Illinois. The group has assets under administration of more than $1.1 billion and serves a wide range of customers in the areas of investment management and financial planning, administration of 401(k) Plans and other retirement accounts, insurance products and trust administration services. 

ADM Names Juan Luciano Next CEO;
Pat Woertz Remains Chairman

Seamless CEO transition underscores leadership strength, succession planning

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) announced today that Juan R. Luciano has been named the company’s next chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He was also elected to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Luciano currently serves as president and chief operating officer responsible for leading and running the company’s global operations.

ADM Photo of Juan Luciano (Photo: Business Wire)

ADM Photo of Juan Luciano (Photo: Business Wire)

Luciano will succeed Patricia Woertz, who will continue in the role of ADM’s chairman of the board and is expected to retire in May 2016.

“When I joined ADM in 2006, one of the areas the board asked me to focus on was leadership development and succession planning, with the goal of ensuring an eventual seamless and successful transition to the next CEO,” Woertz said. “As I look ahead to fulfilling a decade of service to the company, the time feels right to begin that succession. ADM’s future is so bright. We have improved the company’s returns and crafted a strategic plan to achieve further improvements. We have worked hard to build the company’s earnings power and now—with good global demand, large global harvests and the expansion of our higher-margin business with the acquisition of WILD Flavors—we are well positioned for greater success.

“The board and I are confident that Juan—supported by ADM’s experienced and dedicated team—is absolutely the right leader to continue ADM’s success,” Woertz said. “He is exceptionally smart and capable, with global perspective and a proven track record of delivering results. I look forward to supporting him in his new role and working to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our great company and team into the future,” Luciano said. “Under Pat’s leadership, we have made exceptional progress creating a high-performance, results-focused company. My commitment is to build on that success by accelerating our pace of progress. This is an exciting time, with tremendous opportunities, and all of us at ADM are committed to leveraging our core model to achieve new levels of value-creation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to extend our more than 100-year record of success.”

Don Felsinger, ADM’s lead independent director, commented on Woertz’s tenure as chief executive officer: “As chairman and CEO for the past eight years, Pat has led the company to become stronger and more disciplined—enhancing its earnings power by leading a focus on returns, optimizing its business portfolio and strengthening its leadership team. With her commitment to excellence and her personal integrity, the company has achieved record financial performance, always with an emphasis on earning the right results, the right way. We congratulate Pat and look forward to her continued advice and perspective as chairman of the board.”

Commenting on the board’s appointment of Luciano as ADM’s next CEO, Felsinger said: “Since joining ADM in 2011, Juan has made an exceptional contribution to the company’s success. His focus on delivering improvements in cost, cash and capital has resonated with investors, and his drive to ensure ADM reaches new levels of customer relevance and excellence ensures that ADM is positioned well for future success. We are confident he will be an outstanding chief executive.”

About Juan Luciano

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Juan Luciano will be ADM’s president and chief executive officer. He will be the ninth chief executive in ADM’s 112-year history. He joined ADM in 2011 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and was named president in February 2014.

As president and chief operating officer, Luciano oversees the commercial and production activities of ADM’s Corn, Oilseeds, and Agricultural Services businesses, as well as its research, project management, procurement and risk management functions. He also oversees the company’s operational excellence initiatives, which seek to improve productivity and efficiency companywide. He has led the company’s efforts to improve its capital, cost and cash positions.

Previously, Luciano was with The Dow Chemical Company, where he last served as executive vice president and president of the Performance division.

Luciano is a governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Midwest chair of the organization’s National Trustees Board. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.

About Pat Woertz

Patricia A. Woertz is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, she will be chairman of the board.

Woertz joined ADM as CEO and president in April 2006. She was named chairman of the board in February 2007. Since joining ADM, Woertz has driven efforts to improve shareholder returns while growing the business through acquisitions, capital investments and partnerships. Under her leadership, ADM has strengthened its global network and grown its portfolio of higher-margin products.

Previously, Woertz was with Chevron Corporation, where she last served as executive vice president in charge of global refining, marketing, lubricant, and supply and trading operations.

She serves on the boards of directors of The Procter & Gamble Company and Royal Dutch Shell plc. She also chairs the U.S. section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and is a member of The Business Council. In 2010, she was appointed to the President’s Export Council by President Obama. Woertz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University, which has awarded her its highest recognition for alumni.

Ryan McCrady

EDC Selects Ryan McCrady as New President

The Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (“EDC”) has  selected Ryan P. McCrady as its new President, effective January 5, 2015. Tim Stone, the EDC Board Chair, stated: “The EDC Board set its standards high in terms of this selection process. We have many important initiatives underway at present, and we eagerly anticipate many more opportunities over the next several years. We wanted an individual who is a proven leader, someone who has a track record of getting important things accomplished and someone who works hard to develop and foster good quality relationships. Ryan represents the gold standard in each of these areas. We are thrilled he has agreed to assume the leadership of the EDC at this critically important period.”
McCrady is currently the City Manager for the City of Decatur, a post he has held since October 2008. Ryan commented on his acceptance of the EDC role: Decatur is an amazing community, and my tenure as City Manager has been very rewarding. My family and I came to Decatur 6 years ago because we saw a city with tremendous potential, and it has proven to be true. I look forward to helping our community continue to succeed in my new role as President of the EDC.”
Mayor McElroy added: “Ryan has been an exceptional City Manager, and he will leave some very big shoes to fill. But I understand Ryan’s desire to have an even bigger impact on the development of our community in this new role, and I don’t believe the EDC could have selected a better leader. The City Council and I are supportive of his desire to make this important move at this time; we wish him total success and will do everything we can to support him in his new role at the EDC.”
Under Ryan’s leadership, and in cooperation with Mayor McElroy and the City Council, the City of Decatur has seen several recent major accomplishments, including an $89 million, multi-year dredging program to permanently increase the Lake Decatur capacity by 30%; a $14 million capital investment in the downtown streetscape; the relocation of the City of Decatur Police Department into a state-of-the-art, 46,000 square foot facility; and millions of dollars of investment in sewer, storm drainage, and water distribution infrastructure.
Larry Altenbaumer who has been serving as the interim President of the EDC since November 2013 oversaw much of the selection process for the new EDC President. He explained: “We conducted an extensive external search that resulted in more than 50 applications being reviewed; of this number, we identified about 8 that we felt warranted more detailed consideration. And over the course of the past several months we interviewed three of those candidates. At the same time the EDC Executive Committee reviewed potential local candidates. Ryan’s name surfaced very early as a desirable choice; however, discussions with Ryan in the early stages of the search process focused primarily on Ryan’s desire to complete certain critical initiatives in his current position. With the passage of time, Ryan achieved those targeted objectives and, I believe, began to see more clearly just how great the opportunity was at the EDC to really help shape the future of our community. The wait was well worth it; this is a superb outcome.”
Tim Stone added: “With Ryan, we have a proven performer. In both his position as City Manager and his role as a member of the Board of the EDC, Ryan is intimately familiar with all the current EDC activities. He has outstanding relationships at the local and state level. He will hit the ground running; there is no learning curve. This is a great day for our community.”

About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County is uniquely positioned to support the expansion and retention needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along and to effectively work with prospective businesses from outside the Central Illinois region to establish Decatur as a desired location for business development. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area. 

ADM to Acquire Specialty Commodities Inc.

Adds additional healthy ingredients to product portfolio

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today (Oct. 13) announced an agreement to purchase Specialty Commodities Inc. (SCI), a leading originator, processor and distributor of healthy ingredients, including nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes and ancient grains, for US$170 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

“One of the ways we are improving returns and reducing the volatility of our earnings is through the expansion of our specialty ingredients portfolio,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia A. Woertz. “One milestone in the ongoing process was the addition of WILD Flavors; the addition of Specialty Commodities Inc. is another step. Consumers around the world are demanding higher-quality, better-tasting, healthier foods with clean labels. We are continuing to add new product streams to our portfolio to enhance our capabilities to serve our customers as they respond to this demand.”

SCI, which was founded almost three decades ago, works with a global network of suppliers to source natural and organic ingredients and distribute them to customers in the snack, ice cream, cereal, nutrition bar, health food, bakery, pet food and bird food markets.

“We are pleased that SCI will become part of ADM,” said Larry Leitner, SCI founding partner and CEO. “SCI’s suppliers, colleagues and customers will benefit from ADM’s world-class innovation, supply-chain and manufacturing capabilities. And with our complementary geographies, similar business models, and shared focus on quality and customers, we see a bright future for the business.”

SCI is majority owned by Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison. When the transaction closes, SCI will become part of ADM’s new WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit.

“This is another step as we continue to broaden the portfolio of ingredients we offer, enhance our knowledge and expertise, and focus on the quality of our products and the markets that matter most to our customers,” said Greg Morris, president, WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients.

ADM anticipates closing the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, in the coming weeks.

For almost 30 years, SCI has offered a full line of natural and organic products such as nuts, seeds, ancient grains, spices, dehydrated fruits and other ingredients. Its corporate headquarters is in Fargo, North Dakota; it has two processing facilities in California, locations in New Jersey, Illinois, and Minnesota, and does business in countries including China, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, India, South Africa, and Australia. Information at

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