Supreme Rice, one of the largest rice-milling operations in the state’s southwest rice region, is investing $16.2 million to develop parboil facilities in Crowley and Mermentau, Louisiana.
In Mermentau, the company will build a new greenfield facility for the parboil operations, which will partially cook the rice for the new product line. In Crowley, Supreme Rice will develop a new parboil mill inside its existing facility. The company plans to begin construction on the new facilities by the fourth quarter of this year.
“Our new parboil facility in Mermentau will allow us to market this product line to customers,” CEO Bobby Hanks of Supreme Rice said. “The new parboil rice products will create another value-added milled rice offering that further supports the stability of Louisiana-grown rice.”
The state of Louisiana provided Supreme Rice with a competitive incentive package that includes $750,000 from the state’s Economic Development Award Program. Supreme Rice is also expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Enterprise Zone programs.
“As a processor of one of Louisiana’s key crops, Supreme Rice is both a cultural ambassador and an agribusiness leader for our state,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “This expansion and the new jobs it will generate in Acadiana will help to sustain the growing momentum of our rural revitalization efforts.”
Processing more than 1 billion pounds annually, Supreme Rice produces packages of white long grain, medium long grain, jasmine and brown long grain rice that are shipped to more than 50 countries.
“As one of Louisiana’s largest rice-milling operations, Supreme Rice is a cornerstone of our state’s agricultural economy,” said One Acadiana President & CEO Troy Wayman. “One Acadiana is proud to have worked with our partners at LED and the Acadia Parish Chamber to see this major expansion come to fruition. We congratulate Supreme Rice and our partners in Acadia Parish on this expansion and applaud the company’s 85 years of impact, investment, and leadership.”