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Jan 23, 2013 5:25 AM by AP

Farmers Rice Milling to expand, retain 87 jobs

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A rice mill says it will spend $13.4 million on an expansion and modernization of its facility in eastern Calcasieu Parish.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that the 55,000-square-foot expansion of Farmers Rice Milling Company's packaging and distribution plant will allow it to increase processing speed and volume.

He says the project will retain 87 jobs, with an average salary of $34,500, at the mill.

Farmers Rice Milling, a division of The Powell Group, operates the largest rice mill in the state. Overall, the company employs more than 125 workers in the mill and related facilities in and around Lake Charles. The company also employs 25 people at its headquarters in Baton Rouge.




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