Ark. plant that displaced South Carolina factory is expanded
A roofing-material company is marking the $36 million expansion today of its Arkansas plant, a deal that triggered the loss of 190 jobs in South Carolina’s Pee Dee region.
Firestone Building Products Co. announced in early 2011 that it would close its factory in Kingstree in Williamsburg County because of overcapacity. It said at the time it would move the work to a larger plant it was expanding in Prescott, Ark., creating 100 jobs.
A number of government organizations offered incentives for the company to keep its roofing materials plant in southwest Arkansas.
Firestone Building Products is based in Indianapolis.
The company had owned the Kingstree plant since 1994, when it bought the business from MA Hanna Colonial Rubber. The factory was shuttered in mid-2011.