BRATISLAVA, SLOVAK REPUBLIC — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on Jan. 4 that it has acquired three grain elevators in Slovakia from the companies Palma Group a.s. and Polnonakup Hont a.s. The new assets are ADM’s first in the country.

“The acquisition of these elevators extends ADM’s origination network into Slovakia and along the Danube River, advancing our strategy to grow our reach in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Tido Boehle, ADM general manager, Origination and Terminals, Europe. “The facilities will store and supply crops for our European processing facilities and will help us better serve the local farming community by connecting local crops to export markets.”

Located in Levice, Hontianske Nemce and Secovce, in the south and east of Slovakia, ADM said the silos will enable it to secure additional rape and sun seed, as well as corn and wheat from new supply sources. The three facilities have a combined storage capacity of 149,000 tonnes, as well as train loading capabilities.

ADM operates oilseed processing facilities in the Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, the U.K. and Ukraine. In Europe, ADM also has a joint venture with Tate & Lyle — Eaststarch — which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Eaststarch operates wet corn mills in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey. The recent acquisitions complement the Eaststarch operations, as ADM can now supply corn to the Boleraz site in Slovakia.