NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An estimated 600 people came out to support Missouri Governor Eric Greitens visit to the Noranda plant in New Madrid County on Saturday.
He spoke about how important it is to get these hundreds of jobs and the plant here back up and running for the people.
Greitens spoke to the crowd and they roared in excitement and applause when he asked them "How would you like to reopen the Noranda plant?"
"A job is more than a paycheck," Greitens said. "It's a sense of dignity. It's a sense of purpose. It's a sense of meaning. And these are good quality jobs we're bringing. These are jobs that you can raise a family on. These are jobs you can pay a mortgage. You can buy a truck. You can put some money aside for your kids to go to school. These are the kind of jobs that people of Southeast Missouri deserve."
Many said it's vital to get these jobs back for the betterment of their lives and their families, which also includes the community as a whole.
Timmy Meadows was employed at Noranda for 29 years before getting laid off last year. He lived just down the road in Risco but couldn't find a job.
Because he was not employed, he had to move to Kentucky to find one and had to leave his wife and family behind. He wants the job back so he can be with his family.
"I just like to see the jobs back for me, for everybody else. Where I can be with my grand kids," Meadows said "Teach them how to fish, hunt and all the things I love to do that my dad taught me and his dad taught him. But without jobs, people's gotta leave."