Rice Capital of the World
Rice plays an important role in local industry in Stuttgart. The city is home to both Riceland Foods, Inc. and Producers Rice Mill, Inc. The two companies handle 40 percent of the nation's rice crop.
Stuttgart is also home to a Lennox Industries plant, where commercial air conditioning units are manufactured and sold to such well known companies like Wal-Mart and Target.
Lennox has been a part of the Stuttgart community since 1974.
Riceland Foods is a farmer-owned cooperative and the world's largest rice miller.
Each year, Riceland employees receive, store, mill, transport and market more than 125 million bushels of rice, soybeans and wheat across the nation. The company markets those grains to more than 75 foreign destinations.
Stuttgart has a highly-trained workforce that is supported by a number of workforce training programs.
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas has an ongoing workforce training program and is currently completing a remodeling project at its workforce training center.
Ready To Work
You will find employees in Stuttgart with an attitude to work built on strong community pride.
It's what makes small towns like Stuttgart unique when employers look for a place to locate.
The cornerstone of Stuttgart's economy has been and continues to be agribusiness.
The farming community provides a stable base for other industries that operate in Stuttgart.
Business in Stuttgart is international. Products are shipped throughout the United States and to many foreign countries.
If international trade is your business, you will find plenty of local business people who can offer advice and support.
Producers Rice Mill
Producers Rice Mill was founded 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.
Farmers deliver rice
Service 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 million bushels of green rice in single season, a new record.
Milling the rice
Milling of the rice involves; removing the trash and then the husk from the rice, milling the bran off of the endosperm (leaving white rice), and then removing broken kernels and other defects. There are many ways that rice can be stored and milled. In much of the world, the rice is milled in very small mills near the farm and stored in the form of milled rice until consumed. Sometimes it is stored as paddy or brown rice and then milled fresh prior to consumption. Thailand, Japan, and the U.S. are good examples of how different the systems can be.