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ARTCO Christens New Harbor Tug in Peoria


PEORIA, Ill., May 25, 2012—American River Transportation Company (ARTCO) christened the newest member of its tugboat fleet, the M/V Prairie Land, Thursday evening in Peoria, Ill.  ARTCO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).

“Our focus is to deliver products to their final destination in a safe and efficient manner,” said Royce Wilken, president, ARTCO. “Expanding our fleet with this new vessel will allow us to do that even more effectively.”

The M/V Prairie Land, with 1,200 horsepower, was built by James Built, LLC, in Paducah, Ky. and measures 64.5 feet by 28 feet.
ARTCO operations include line-haul vessels, harbor boats, covered hopper barges, tank barges, harbor and fleeting services, and a full-service shipyard. ARTCO also provides a third party towing service on the Lower Mississippi, Upper Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers.

About ADM in Peoria

ADM has approximately 230 employees and operates a corn dry mill, barge terminal and elevator in the Peoria area. Products ADM produces in Peoria include beverage-grade and fuel-grade ethanols, specialty industrial alcohols and animal feed products.

About ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 265 processing plants, 400 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.

Archer Daniels Midland Company
Media Relations
Jackie Anderson

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