As part of a company-wide restructuring, another 30 positions are being eliminated at Clinton's Archer Daniels Midland plant, the company announced Tuesday.
According to ADM spokesman David Weintraub, the changes in Clinton include 15 employees who have accepted the voluntary early retirement incentive and 15 employees whose positions are being eliminated. The positions represent less than 2 percent of the Clinton work force, he said.
Weintraub said ADM announced in January "that we would streamline our organization to improve productivity and better match our cost structure to our business and our growth."
Besides offering an early retirement incentive in the United States, he said the company also "began work to redesign processes, flatten our organizational structure, and prioritize and consolidate work."
The latest blow comes less than two weeks after ADM announced 43 jobs were eliminated at its Clinton polymer plant. The company said it was idling the plant as a result of the end of its commercial alliance with Metabolix Inc. on Feb. 8, which ADM also first announced in January.
ADM said the latest cuts, which are effective this week, are separate from the polymer plant situation.
The company is meeting this week with employees affected by the latest cuts to discuss transition support. ADM said employees will receive severance packages, career and life-transition counseling and financial planning services.
"We would like to emphasize that the decision to reduce our workforce does not reflect on the dedication of colleagues who have made valuable contributions to ADM," Weintraub said.
Worldwide, ADM expects to cut more than 1,200 positions through the retirement incentive and job eliminations.
ADM's Clinton corn processing complex employs a total of about 1,000 people. In addition to the polymer plant, the facility also includes a corn wet mill, a cogeneration power plant, a grain elevator and barge loading operations.
The Clinton plant produces corn sweeteners and starches; beverage alcohol; corn oil; enzymes; ethanol; animal feed products; and Fibersol, a dietary fiber product that can be used in foods and beverages.
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