Company officials at Bekaert Corp. say they will stay in contact with the more than 200 employees who worked the Rome, GA, steel wire and coating plant that burned on Wednesday afternoon.

Plumes of black smoke billowed Wednesday afternoon from the Bekaert Corp. plant in Rome. The plant’s human resources manager, Jeff Oliver, said the fire appeared to have started in a piece of machinery and then spread into the ceiling. No serious injuries were reported.

Rex Rains, president of a local union that represents 175 of the hourly employees at Bekaert, tells The Rome News-Tribune that he hopes the company rebuilds and stays in Rome.

Rains said the plant has an experienced workforce, and union officials want to help get the plant operational again.