Farmers Rice Milling Co. to spend $13.4M on facility expansion p - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Farmers Rice Milling Co. to spend $13.4M on facility expansion project

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Farmers Rice Milling Company in Lake Charles will receive $13.4 million to expand the facility and help modernize the way they do business. 

The reason behind the expansion is for the company to become more competitive in the business, according to Farmers Rice Mill Controller Greg Mack. But the money will help build the an added 55,000-square-foot facility and allow the company room for future growth.

"Building a new facility like this is going to allow us to be more efficient, to be successful in those markets we've been able to take advantage of and also allow us to continue to explore those new markets," Mack said.

Mack said through the years, the rice milling business has changed, putting a strain on the company's shipping department.

With the $13.4 million for the facility expansion, Mack said it'll help out the company.

"This is going to allow us to be competitive, it's going to allow us to do the things our competitors aren't doing, it's going to allow us to take advantage of markets that we have been unable to take advantage of. So, it will allow us to be more successful which in turn is good for employees," he said.

And speaking of employees, Mack said with the expansion, the company expects the workforce to stay in tact, hoping for more growth in the future. For example, robots will take over the manual labor by stacking the bags of rice to allow workers to pick them up with forklifts.

"Obviously, it's going to create some temporary construction jobs as, but as far as our workforce, there will be some shifts in the labor force," Mack said. "The guys doing the manual labor of stacking trucks and railcars and containers by hand will be driving the forklifts."

For Farmers Rice Mill Company, this project is a necessary one.

"It will allow us to be, we feel, more successful in the future, to be able to capitalize on these markets that are out there," Mack said.

The mill processes close to 800 million pounds of rice each year and buys near $120 million of locally grown rice.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Fighting fire ants a battle in Southwest Louisiana

    Fighting fire ants a battle in Southwest Louisiana

    Friday, June 23 2017 8:10 PM EDT2017-06-24 00:10:52 GMT
    Source: PBSSource: PBS

    It's a war all too many of us have fought and likely lost at one point or another - dealing with fire ants. Jimmy Meaux, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center in Lake Charles, said fighting fire ants is a non-stop battle. "These big mounds you see are constantly moving," Meaux said. "They're here to stay in Southwest Louisiana." Meaux said one of the most effective ways to kill fire ants is with insecticide and bait. But if a neighborhood collectively has a...

    More >>

    It's a war all too many of us have fought and likely lost at one point or another - dealing with fire ants. Jimmy Meaux, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center in Lake Charles, said fighting fire ants is a non-stop battle. "These big mounds you see are constantly moving," Meaux said. "They're here to stay in Southwest Louisiana." Meaux said one of the most effective ways to kill fire ants is with insecticide and bait. But if a neighborhood collectively has a...

    More >>
  • Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Friday, June 23 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-06-23 23:46:37 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

    More >>

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

    More >>
  • Calcasieu program helps nonviolent offenders expunge records

    Calcasieu program helps nonviolent offenders expunge records

    Friday, June 23 2017 7:12 PM EDT2017-06-23 23:12:14 GMT
    (Source: RNN)(Source: RNN)

    A Calcasieu Parish initiative is aiming to give nonviolent offenders a second chance by expunging convictions and arrests made within the parish at a low cost. 

    It's called the "Fresh Start Initiative" and it's a collaborative effort between the DA's office, the Southwest Louisiana Law Center and other organizations. 

    More >>

    A Calcasieu Parish initiative is aiming to give nonviolent offenders a second chance by expunging convictions and arrests made within the parish at a low cost. 

    It's called the "Fresh Start Initiative" and it's a collaborative effort between the DA's office, the Southwest Louisiana Law Center and other organizations. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly