Illinois Company to Build New Plant in Wynne

October 20, 2003 - Posted at 2:42 p.m. CDT

Wynne, AR - An Illinois company is expected to announce tomorrow where it will locate a new auto parts plant.

Eakas Corporation of Peru, Illinois has been considering whether to locate the new plant in Brownsville, Tennessee or Wynne, Arkansas.

The plant would manufacture rearview mirrors, door handles and other component parts and is expected to create at least 240 jobs.

Arkansas state and local officials have been invited to the announcement, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at Wynne High School auditorium.  Spokesmen for the city and company were not immediately available for comment.

Jim Pickens, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Department, said today that he and Governor Mike Huckabee plan to attend the announcement, but he wouldn't say why.

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