COPY-Fort Smith wants new tenant for Whirlpool factory

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - State and local officials are working to find another company to move into Whirlpool Corp.'s factory in Fort Smith that is slated for closure.

The closure will cost the city 1,000 jobs, but experts said Friday the effect on the economy will be greater.

Fort Smith television station KFSM reports that economics Professor Latisha Settlage of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith says about another 1,000 jobs will be lost at companies that supply the Whirlpool refrigerator plant.

The Southwest Times Record reports that Whirlpool has pledged to help the city find a new tenant for the plant when it closes in the middle of 2012.

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