The fire started in an old storage tank where workers were using a welder, Anderson said. “It caught a small fire on the inside of that tank. They put the fire out and were standing by until the worker was through with it,” he said.
The manufacturing business, which moved to Wrens in 1978, made coated abrasives, sand screen and scrubbing pads, a large portion of which are used in the floor care industry.
Management announced in January that it would close in 60 days.