WYNNE, AR (KAIT) – The city of Wynne in Cross County learned Mueller Copper Tube Products, which was victim to a large fire in September of 2010, will not rebuild. In a letter to Wynne Mayor Bob Stacy and Brian Thompson of the Cross County Area Chamber of Commerce, Mueller CEO Kent McKee stated the company will not rebuild the plastics division of the plant.
Stacy, who received the letter Monday, said he was disappointed with the decision. However, he said he was happy to hear the company will not move all operations out of Wynne.
In the letter, Stacy said he learned the company made "extensive evaluations" about the future of the plant. The letter stated employees in the plastics division would not be rehired, according to Stacy during a phone interview with Region 8 News.
Stacy said before the fire in 2010, Mueller Copper Tube Products employed 463 people. As of Thursday morning, he said the plant employs 362 individuals. He said the letter stated no plans to lay off any other employees at this time.
Stacy said the letter gave no indication of why the company chose not to rebuild.
Region 8 News reached out to the Memphis office of Mueller Copper Tube Products for comment on this story. As of this report, our calls have not been returned.
While Stacy is disappointed with the decision, he is optimistic the city will survive. Stacy said Addison Shoe Company has added 100 positions since the fire after receiving new contracts this year. He said the additions to the economy return the city to pre-fire status.