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DECATUR — An explosion at an Archer Daniels Midland Co. corn plant in Decatur left no injuries Friday night, according to a spokeswoman for the company.

"We are currently investigating the cause and assessing the damage," said Jackie Anderson, a spokeswoman for ADM.

The explosion occurred around 8 p.m. in the conveyor belt system at the Decatur corn plant, Anderson said.

ADM, which moved its global headquarters from Decatur to Chicago in 2014, has approximately 31,000 global employees in more than 170 countries. It is by far the largest employer in Decatur, according to the city of Decatur's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which noted 4,159 jobs at the end of 2017.

The company, one of the largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers in the world, reported in November net earnings of $536 million in its third quarter.

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Contact Tom Lisi at (217) 421-6949. Follow him on Twitter: @tommylisi


Decatur Reporter

Decatur reporter for the Herald & Review.

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