RICHMOND, Va. — A milling company based in the Deep South is building a new mill in Isle of Wight County.
The M&M Milling facility will purchase Virginia-grown shelled corn, grind it into fine flour to mix with other materials for use as a stabilizer, extender and colorant in the glue used in the manufacture of plywood.
Over the next three years, the company is committing to purchase at least $2.3 million, or 575,000 bushels, of Virginia-grown corn — 100% of all expected agricultural purchases.
The project will create 15 jobs.
Founded in 2000 by Arkansas farmer Holmes Morel, M&M Milling is a contract processor specializing in grinding, sizing and packaging agricultural materials.
What began as a small mill on a family farm has now expanded to serve multiple industries including wood products and animal feed.
This facility will be the fifth milling location for M&M Milling, joining operations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with Isle of Wight County to secure the project for Virginia.
Gov. Ralph Northam approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund to assist Isle of Wight County with the project.
The company is also eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.