Archer Daniels Midland Co. today announced plans to consolidate its Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tenn., operations into a new terminal facility to be built at Chattanooga's Enterprise South Industrial Park.
The 50,000-square-foot terminal will transfer liquid and dry bulk sweetener products from railcars to trucks for customer delivery. Located on 17 acres of the industrial park, the ADM complex will handle corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dry dextrose, dry starch, and dry and liquid sugar.
When completed, ADM will consolidate the operations of the company's Jersey Pike and River Bend terminals in Chattanooga and its terminal in Cleveland, Tenn., into the new Chattanooga facility. Including truck drivers. More than 25 ADM employees will be based at the new facility.
"The new sweetener terminal will expand our warehousing and sugar melting capabilities in the region and allow ADM to more efficiently meet our customers' needs for sweetener products," said Chris Cuddy, ADM's vice president and general manager for sweeteners and starches. "The location provides access to the major railroads in the area and is well-positioned to serve our customers in several Southeastern states."
Pending city and county approval, construction is expected to begin in May and the facility should be complete by the summer of 2012.
Local officials applauded the planned investment.
"This investment will also allow area businesses to transport their goods more quickly and easily, which will improve the efficiency of their operations and also increase their revenues," Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said.
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the facility will help ADM better serve local customers and "will also create a substantial economic advantage for the entire community."
ADM now operates a terminal on Jersey Pike in Chattanooga and a terminal in Cleveland, Tenn.
See details in Friday's Times Free Press.