Economic development officials say a new rice mill is headed to Pine Bluff. The state announced Monday that Southwind Milling Co. LLC will build a rice mill at the city's port.
The corporation is part of Optimum Group, which has been farming in Mississippi Delta states since 2010.
Construction of the new mill is expected to begin immediately at the site in the Pine Bluff Port's Harbor Industrial District. Officials say the plant will be operational by February 2015 and will initially employ 25 people.
Southmind Milling says it plans a future expansion at the port and will double the rice mill's capacity and build a rice flourmill.