Beebe Won't Comment on Reports About MissCo Steel Mill

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe isn't confirming or denying reports that an Ohio-based company has chosen Blytheville or Mississippi County for a new $500 million steel mill.

His liason for economic development, Chris Masingill, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the state is in negotiations with a steel company.  But Masingill would not disclose the company's name.

A Union City, Tennessee newspaper reported yesterday that Tennessee's economic administrator says the Warren Fabricating & Machine Corp. said it has picked Blytheville over a Tennessee site.  The company did not return calls for comment.  However, a source in Blytheville tells Region 8 News that Warren is actually considering Osceola for the facility, instead of Blytheville.

The proposed facility could eventually employ up to 1,000 people.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)