Flour mill to set up in PB with 50 jobs

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Noel Oman

Pine Bluff has landed a new flour mill that is ex­pected to gen­er­ate 50 jobs when it be­comes fully op­er­a­tional next spring.

West­ern Foods LLC of Wood­land, Calif., said it chose Pine Bluff to open a sec­ond mill to bet­ter serve Mid­west and East Coast cus­tomers, cit­ing the lo­ca­tion’s ac­cess to two main­line rail­roads, sev­eral truck­ing com­pa­nies and the Port of Pine Bluff on the Arkansas River.

“By open­ing our sec­ond mill in Pine Bluff, we will have an ex­cel­lent lo­gis­ti­cal flow to im­por­tant mar­kets such as Chicago only 10 hours away by truck,” Tom An­dringa, the com­pany’s vice pres­i­dent for sales and busi­ness, said in a news re­lease Thurs­day. The com­pany’s other mill is in Cal­i­for­nia.

West­ern Foods ac­quired the 56,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity from U.S. Sugar, which closed it in March. The 9-acre prop­erty leaves room for ex­pan­sion, the com­pany said.

The Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Corp. of Jef­fer­son County pro­vided in­cen­tives worth $280,750, an amount matched by the state, said Lou Ann Nes­bit, who heads the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Al­liance for Jef­fer­son County.

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