Cargill Protein Group announced that its headquarters will remain in Wichita, and will relocate from its current location to a new office building that will be constructed at an as yet to be determined site in the city.
The decision, which is subject to the approval of a City of Wichita economic development agreement with the company, was made after a thorough site selection process that considered numerous options, including several cities in states other than Kansas.
Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president for the company’s protein group, said in a statement that “After an exhaustive review of our options, a collaborative atmosphere evolved whereby Cargill, the City of Wichita and State of Kansas worked together toward creating the type of business environment that will enable the company to meet its customers’ long-term needs by enhancing our ability to attract, retain and develop top talent.”
The company also cited the quality of life, and the minimization of disruption to the business resulting from the relocation, as criteria addressed as Cargill explored its options.
Governor Sam Brownback said in the release that they are pleased that Cargill will continue to call Wichita, Kansas, home for the foreseeable future. “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,” said Gov. Brownback.
Mayor Jeff Longwell added that “Right from the start, the City of Wichita stepped up to demonstrate its commitment to Cargill and its ongoing success.”
Retaining the Cargill Protein Group headquarters was a critical economic development project for Wichita and Kansas. Wichita-based Cargill Protein Group, which produces meat, poultry and egg products and by-products, generates more than $20 billion in revenue for Minnetonka, MN-based Cargill, Inc., which has 149,000 employees in 70 countries.
For its part, Cargill Protein Group employs approximately 27,000 people and operates approximately 30 processing facilities that produce protein products. This includes more than 800 employees in Wichita and over 4,000 employees in Kansas who work in a variety of the company’s businesses across the state.
The Wichita Metro Chamber, which hosted the Cargill site selection news conference, said in a posting on its website that “The ripple effect of this decision is far reaching and we commend all those leading our economic development efforts at the local and state level for working together to produce the best possible result for Wichita.”