FOR RELEASE MONDAY, MAY 16, 2005
CHICAGO – Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processing companies, has selected AT&T to provide a global networking solution integrating more than 500 locations including 250 processing plants across 60 countries. The agreement extends and expands a long-term relationship between the two companies.
Under terms of the agreement, AT&T will deploy an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) integrating ADM facilities in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America with a full range of voice, data and business continuity services.
“We need reliable and secure network access to support our worldwide operations,” said Raymond V. Preiksaitis, Group VP of Information Technologies for Archer Daniels Midland Company. “AT&T has the size, global reach and a proven track record for network reliability and security to support our needs.”
The new network, which supports ADM’s day-to-day operations, runs on AT&T’s industry-leading Multi-Protocol Labeling Switching (MPLS) platform and provides a significant increase in bandwidth at a lower cost, inherent disaster recovery capabilities and a migration path to Voice over IP (VoIP) services.
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About Archer Daniels Midland Company
Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a world leader in agricultural processing. ADM is one of the world’s largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is also a leader in the production of soy meal and oil, ethanol, corn sweeteners and flour. In addition, ADM produces value-added food and feed ingredients.
Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 26,000 employees, more than 250 processing plants and net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 of $36.2 billion. Additional information can be found on ADM’s website at http://www.admworld.com.
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE “T”) has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.