Prairie Farms set to move corporate headquarters in
If all goes according to plan, Prairie Farms will be moving its corporate headquarters to Edwardsville next year.
“Prairie Farms has experienced tremendous growth, and our present facility does not accommodate that growth,” said CEO Executive Vice President Ed Mullins, noting that the headquarters have been in the current location since 1947.
“Prairie Farms currently has corporate employees in four different metropolitan St. Louis area locations in addition to Carlinville,” Mullins said. “The new office building would allow us to consolidate Carlinville and our other corporate offices into one location. This will improve the communication and coordination among all of our departments, which will enable us to meet the needs of our customers and position our company for continued long-term growth.”
Edwardsville was chosen over five other area locations, Mullins said, because of its proximity to Carlinville and the other corporate offices.
The Carlinville plant will continue to operate as it does now, with no changes. “All corporate employees in all locations have been given the opportunity to join us at the new facility, with no one losing their position,” said Mullins.
The new building, which will cost an estimated $9 million, is expected to be complete in August 2017. The design has not yet been finalized. It will be located in Edwardsville Corporate Center, a business park along Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 143; the center also houses the headquarters of Scott Credit Union and Hortica Insurance.
“We will be very sorry to see them leave,” said Carlinville Mayor Deanna Demuzio. “We know that the processing plant is still going to be here, and we’re hopeful that they’ll be able to increase production. We’ll just have to see what the next 18 months brings. We’re happy to keep the production end of it.”