A major fire at Welspun Pipes in the Little Rock Port Authority damaged a room full of critical computer operations and could delay the plant's manufacturing capabilities.
Content partner Fox 16's Katherine Johnson reports:
The fire was contained to a single room deep within the plant but it's arguably the most important room of all.
“Every computer operated machine in that plant is operated from that room so it's going to be very expensive,” said Captain Randy Hickmon with the Little Rock Fire Department.
It's been a turbulent year for the oil pipe supplier. The company laid off 200 workers in December after President Obama postponed a dec
ision on the controversial Keystone Oil Pipeline. Then, just months later, Welspun announced an expansion plan to add 200 jobs as the President fast-tracked a portion of the project. Welspun is slated to supply hundreds of miles of pipeline for the project so there's a lot riding on this company.
“A lot of breaker panels and a lot of computer equipment – it's astronomical what was in that room,” said Hickmon.
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