Construction of American AgCredit’s new 120,000 square foot corporate headquarters is underway at the corner of Airport and Aviation Boulevards, a landmark site at Santa Rosa’s Airport Business Park.
Designed by TLCD Architecture of Santa Rosa, American AgCredit’s iconic zinc-clad structure will feature three floors of office space wrapping around an enclosed outdoor courtyard, two roof decks and three “sky bridges.” The campus-like facility, being built by JMA Construction, is expected to be completed at the end of 2015. The new building will accommodate the company’s growing number of employees in Sonoma County.
American AgCredit is the North Coast’s largest financial institution and a major supporter and benefactor to Farm Bureau, the Sonoma County Fair, 4-H, FFA and many community groups. AgCredit’s decision to remain in Sonoma County, rather than relocating to Denver, is welcome news to community and political leaders because of the company’s impact on the local economy. Nationwide, AgCredit employs 400 people, 100 of those employees work in Sonoma County.
The ceremonial groundbreaking was at held on April 29 at the site where the massive building will rise over the next 18 months. There were more than 200 people attending the groundbreaking, which was followed by a wine and food reception in a big white tent. The guests included community leaders, elected officials and employees of American AgCredit.
Fourth District Supervisor Mike McGuire was among the ceremony’s speakers, praising American AgCredit for its decision to keep its corporate headquarters in Sonoma County. He said American AgCredit is a respected company that gives back to the community on many levels.
Byron Enix, American AgCredit’s president and Chief Executive Officer, said it’s gratifying for him and the company he leads to be involved in the very important work of providing financing for the farms and ranches that produce food and wine for the world.
“American AgCredit helps support what will be on that plate at dinner tonight,” said Enix. He said farmers and ranchers are true agricultural entrepreneurs who provide an abundant and reliable supply of good, healthy food.
“Agricutlural producers don’t get enough credit for what they do,” Enix said.
Terry Lindley, senior vice president of marketing at American AgCredit, and Frank Stonebarger, chairman of American AgCredit’s board of directors, spoke about the Santa Rosa lending cooperative’s commitment to its borrowers and the communities where it does business.
American AgCredit, founded in 1916, specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas and Oklahoma as well as to capital market customers in more than 30 states across the nation. American AgCredit’s assets exceed $6 billion, making it the nation’s sixth largest farm cooperative.
American AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, the largest single provider of Credit to American agriculture.