The Wichita-based Cargill company announced today that it will keep hundreds of jobs in Wichita. The company’s protein business, currently located at 151 N. Main Street, will relocate, as its current office building no longer meets the company’s needs. The company considered multiple locations in other cities and even out of state prior to making the decision to stay in Wichita. The new location has yet to be determined, but will be within Wichita city limits.
The search for a new location began in 2015.
“City and state officials, especially Governor Sam Brownback, made it crystal clear to us that they were committed to keeping Cargill in Wichita,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president for the company’s protein group.
“I know from speaking with our employees here, they are relieved to know of this decision and they are eagerly looking forward to working in a new building that fosters collaboration, efficiency, innovation and excitement. We will continue to focus on growing our protein business, helping our customers be more successful in the protein space and winning in the marketplace.”
The decision depends on approval from City of Wichita for an agreement between the two entities. The relocation is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
“Looking at our current office space situation in Wichita, we determined a change is required to meet our future needs as a customer-focused, talent-seeking, growth-oriented protein business, operating in a highly competitive business sector,” said Sikes.
“So we embarked on a mission to identify the optimal location where the people responsible for success of our business will have the best opportunity to thrive. 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.”
When making the determination, Cargill is taking into consideration the quality of life for its employees, and the also hopes to minimizing disruption to the business, create a culture based on marketplace agility in order to address the needs of customers and consumers, optimize use of company resources and develop a world-class business setting for all of its stakeholders.
“We have a terrific team of productive, knowledgeable and creative people in Wichita, who give a great deal back to the community,” explained Sikes. “We are pleased Cargill employees will remain an important part of the Wichita community and will continue to contribute to the vitality of many organizations throughout the region. We also believe it is beneficial for our protein business to be headquartered in the center of the U.S.”
“We are pleased that Cargill will continue to call Wichita, Kansas, home for the foreseeable future,” said Governor Sam 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.”
“Right from the start, the City of Wichita stepped up to demonstrate its commitment to Cargill and its ongoing success,” said Mayor Jeff Longwell. “Today’s announcement shows that, once you weigh all of your options in the Midwest, Wichita is still the best place to grow your business.”