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Milling conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. says it would increase the work force at its South Buffalo operations by more than 55 percent if it could tear down a mothballed 96-year-old grain elevator to make room for a more modern facility.
The Decatur, Ill.-based conglomerate said if it can't demolish the Great Northern Elevator, it may consider shutting its local operations.
The company said it is willing to spend about $10.6 million to build the facility. According to documents obtained by Business First, Archer Daniels Midland would add 50 people to its 91-person work force if the new elevator is built.
Local preservationists have been vocal in …