Producers Rice Mill was born in 1943 as
an idea in the minds of a group of distinguished farmers
dedicated to the cause of improving the marketing returns
of the members it served.
Utilizing a mill built by the Standard Rice Company in
1916, Producers milled just 143,500 barrels the first
year, and had assets of only $125,000. Today Producers'
annual milling rate has increased to over 50 million bushels,
and sales have topped the $305 million mark in recent years.
was expanded in 1946 when Producers Dryer, Inc. was organized
to handle members rice drying in a co-op manner. The first
year, the dryer only handled 126,488 bushels of rice for
the entire season. Receipts during the 2004 peak harvest
period exceeded over 550,000 bushels per day at the Stuttgart
facility alone. In 2004, the Stuttgart facility handled
just under 14,000,000 bushels of green rice in single season, a new record.
To the left is Producers' truck parking lot with the milling complex in the background during the record 2004 harvest.
With the purchase of Gibbs Harris Rice Dryer at Wynne,
Arkansas, and the Pioneer Food facilities, Producers added
locations in DeWitt, Eudora, Fair Oaks(shown at right), Marianna, Pine
Bluff, Wilmot, Wilson and Yellow Bend, Arkansas--increasing
our size many times over.
In October 2001, Producers further expanded its milling and storage capacity by purchasing the A. C. Humko plant at Greenville, Mississippi. This plant had a white rice mill, a parboil mill, a rice flour mill and a barge loading facility on the Mississippi River. As well as adding the ability to better serve our Mississippi members, the extra milling capacity and the ability to load barges directly on the Mississippi River greatly enhanced Producers' export capabilities.
In October 2003, Producers purchased the Monsanto plant (more commonly known as Hartz Seed Company) in Stuttgart. This facility, located on a main industrial thoroughfare in Stuttgart and adjacent to property already owned by Producers, added 26 acres of land, two warehouses, an office, and 1,640,000 bushels of sorely needed storage for the Stuttgart operation.
Today Producers is a full-line supplier of the finest
quality rice available. From our central location in the
heart of the Southern Rice Belt, Producers ships products
across the country and around the world.
Producers serves all major divisions of the rice industry--foodservice,
retail, private label, export and industrial. As one of
the largest private label packers in the country, Producers
packs over 100 brands for major food chains and food distributors
in the United States and abroad.