WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita learned that Cargill will stay in the city. Back in March, the company was looking at moving its Wichita headquarters. The company says they explored Texas and Colorado as sites to move to. Ultimately, Kansas beat out those two states.
Brian Sikes, Corporate Vice President at Cargill, says the work ethic of employees in Kansas was valuable in the company’s decision.
“At the end of the day, we decided Wichita was right for us,” said Sikes. “The people we have on our team today, and the people we can recruit here in the future. There is a work ethic, sense of community, there is sense of values that people in Wichita, people in Kansas and this region that we believe can be a competitive advantage.”
Sikes went onto add that city and state officials made it clear that they were committed to keeping Cargill.
Gov. Sam Brownback, who attended Tuesday’s press conference, applauded the company’s decision to stay in Wichita. He called the news great for Kansas.
“It is a beautiful day in Kansas, we are getting rain and keeping Cargill,” said Gov. Brownback. “This is an investment in our state, a recognition of the quality of the Wichita workforce and the quality of life that can be found in Kansas. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Cargill for many years to come.”
The company has 900 employees in Wichita. The company has operated out of its current 10 story building on north Main Street for 30 years. Officials say a site selection process will begin this week.
Cargill recently acquired a beef plant in Columbia, South Carolina; opened a nearly $50 million distribution center at its Dodge City beef processing plant; is investing $111 million in a plant conversion for cooked meat products at Columbus, Nebraska; and dedicated a $27 million egg processing expansion in Lake Odessa, Michigan.