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.