State officials aren't confirming what new industry might be bound for north Mississippi's Clay County.
But if it's a tire manufacturing plant, as several lawmakers say, industry officials point to South Korea's Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. as the most likely candidate.
Hankook executives told a tire publication last fall that they were looking for a site to build the company's first U.S. plant, aiming to start production by 2015.
Mississippi lawmakers will start a special session Friday to discuss incentives for a new factory that would employ hundreds.
West Point residents say they're hopeful that new jobs would help lower the local unemployment rate. It has been mired above 10 percent since then-Sara Lee Corp. closed the Bryan Foods plant in 2007, laying off 2,100 workers.
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