Workers Are Asked Not to Return to Fire-Damaged Plant

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – Managers at the Fushi Copperweld Factory in Fayetteville, Tennessee are asking employees not to return to work until further notice.  They stress this is only for the Fayetteville location.

The fire at Fushi Copperweld started about 2:30 Friday afternoon. Flames and smoke billowed from the building for more than an hour.  The company, also known as Copperweld Bimetallics, is located on Cotton Mill Road.

About 100 people work at the plant, according to Elaine Middleton, Executive Director of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Industrial Development Board. 

Middleton said all employees got out safely, and the company’s evacuation plan worked very well.  She added that sprinklers went off, so there is water damage throughout the plant.

Fushi Copperweld produces wire and metal products and has been in Fayetteville since the 1970s.  Fushi also has a location in Nashville, and the company’s headquarters are in Beijing.