DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The city has earned a first place ranking in Business Facilities Magazine’s 14th Annual Metro Rankings for Agricultural Bioscience Employment.
Editors based the ranking on agricultural feedstock employment leaders from the 2018 BIO Report.
“People are astounded when they learn about the array of products that are produced by Decatur, Illinois companies,” said Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County. “A first-place ranking highlighting our prominence in the agricultural bioscience sector recognizes Decatur’s strong workforce and grabs the attention of companies looking to expand their businesses into the Midwest.”
The Decatur Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had twice the number of people employed in the feedstock and biosciences sub-sector compared to second-place finisher Houston, Texas and three times that of the Chicago MSA. Decatur is home to global companies like ADM and Tate & Lyle, and a broad-based network of ancillary and supporting businesses.