New Madrid Co. trying to recoup after plant layoffs

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 at 10:34 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2016 at 2:58 PM CST
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NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - As the announcement of Noranda Aluminum plant layoffs and possible closing sink in, the entire community is trying to figure out what's next.

"The Noranda insurance provides insurance for my dad and my mom who has cancer," business owner Ashley McSpadden said.

McSpadden said the layoffs happening at Noranda will be a huge blow to not only her dad and brother who work there, but for her mom as well.

"[She] goes to Barnes Jewish and is on many many drugs that are helping keep her alive," she said.

Word of Noranda Aluminum layoffs has not only left McSpadden family to figure out what they're going to do, the county is left wondering as well.

Noranda pays the county $3.6 million, with majority of that going to the New Madrid R-1 School District.

So far, county officials said Noranda hasn't paid it's taxes for the 2015 budget year.

However, the city collector said the company is known for paying their taxes on time in the past.

With questions about the company future, McSpadden said that isn't going to be enough.

"This is going to hurt our entire county," McSpadden said. "Our economy, it's going to be detrimental to everyone, it'll hurt businesses, this entire town with Noranda closing."

Even though this is a hard time for her family, Mcspadden said their main concern is getting her mom the help she needs.

"The first thing is her health, I mean losing a job is horrible in itself but with my mom condition we're worried about how we're going to get her to have insurance."

We reached out to both city and school leaders, and while both either declined an interview or didn't return the phone call, their secretaries said they were trying to figure out exactly what's next for the community.

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