By Nathan Straus

Snoke Special Products in Jacksonville will fully close in the near future, company officials said. The company manufactures copper tubing for Carrier Corp. in Tyler.

Calls to Snoke for Jerry Morris, plant manager, were not returned Monday afternoon.

Darrell Prcin, Jacksonville Economic Development Corp. president, said the closing, which he said he believes will happen by the end of 2009 or start of 2010, is definitely bad news for the city.

“It’s going to obviously impact around 90 jobs,” Prcin said. “The business has been around 40 years. It will definitely have a negative impact on our jobs.”

Prcin said he wasn’t at liberty to discuss why the plant would close, but said Jacksonville is working as hard as possible to retain as many jobs as possible.

Snoke Special Products is on North Jackson Street.

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