Today West Central Illinois got 2 more hits to their economy.
It was announced that the local ADM plant was being closed. Although the loss of 31 jobs is not huge, it means greatly increased costs for farmers selling their soy beans. Over the last years, we have lost one company after another including Gale Products and Maytag.
The second hit was even more amazing. The justice department levied a very large fine against Farmland Foods. Their infraction? They required too much documentation for workers who were immigrants. They asked for confirmation of documents produced by prospective employees.