The Optimum Group
, a corporate farming operation, will build a rice mill at the Port of Pine Bluff
through its Southwind Milling Co
. It will open in 2015 and create 25 jobs. The company also plans to double capacity of the mill and build a rice flourmill. It's described as a multimillion-dollar project, helped by a $10 million loan package gfrom the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. It will qualify for tax credits for new jobs.