LOUIS (AP) -- Competition between St. Louis
isn't anything new, given the long disdain between Cardinals and Cubs baseball
fans. But the rivalry is now extending into a new playing field.
Both cities are pursuing
the global headquarters of agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co., which
last week announced it needed better access to its global customers and an
international airport. ADM is currently based in the central Illinois
city of Decatur, roughly halfway between Chicago and St.
ADM is staying mum about
where it wants to base 200 executive and information technology jobs. But
experts say Chicago
is a front runner, partly because it's already home to the nation's second
busiest airport and major companies.
But St. Louis is already home to major
agricultural businesses, including seed giant Monsanto.