Southwind Milling Co. to Build Rice Mill at Pine Bluff Port

Optimum Group said Monday that it will build a rice mill at 4215 Emmett Sanders Road at the Port of Pine Bluff. The plant, which will employ 25, will be running by February.

Optimum is building the plant through an Arkansas corporation called Southwind Milling Co. LLC. The plant will be built on property the company purchased in 2013 from the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority.

Optimum expects Southwind Milling to expand the port operation in the "near future," doubling the mill capacity and adding a rice flourmill.