Interest expressed in Tarkett North America plant in Truro: Mayor Mills

Truro's mayor is characterizing the talks as "very preliminary", but a group has been in contact with the town about possibly moving into the Tarkett North America plant.

Bill Mills says he and town staff recently toured the 405,000 square foot facility with the company, who he can't name, and says they told him the building both met their requirements and was in excellent shape.

Tarkett announced last month that the plant, formerly Crossley Carpet Mills Ltd. and then Tandus Centiva, would close on July 16th, eliminating around 240 jobs.

Mills says the town has met with Tarkett officials about the looming closure, with provincial government officials also involved to discuss transitional support for employees.

He says the prospective company contacted him over the weekend to say the situation was in the hands of Tarkett and it would probably be two to three weeks before they heard back.

Mills also couldn't say whether the interested party would be using the entire facility or just part of it.