Wolverine Tube's Alabama Plant to Close, Cutting 470 Jobs

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) -- Wolverine Tube -- which operates a plant in Ardmore, Tennessee -- says it will close a plant in Decatur, Alabama.

The closure in January will idle 420 full-time and 50 temporary workers.

The company also closed a plant in Jackson, Tennessee, last year.

The Huntsville, Alabama-based company says it will also cut 40 corporate jobs and close a plant in Booneville, Mississippi, that has 20 workers.

Wolverine CFO Jed Deason says the company has seen a significant in demand for copper tubing with high copper prices and the growing use of plastic tubing.

Deason says Wolverine will discontinue serving the plumbing tube market and will concentrate on fabricated tube assemblies and metal joining products that promote energy-efficient heat transfer technology.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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