Reopened smelter in New Madrid, Co., MO makes its first shipment
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The first shipment of aluminum processed at Magnitude 7 Metals in Marston, Missouri is hitting the road.
During a ceremony on Tuesday, July 31, company leaders and Missouri State Representative Don Rone saw the shipment off for its next destination.
"We've got a bunch of good people now earning a good living and can take care of their families they can pay a house rent if they want a truck they can buy a truck. Our economy is going to get better the only problem is this is just the start we need more of these in the bootheel of Missouri," said Rep. Rone.
There is no word on where the product is going, but it is the first finished shipment since Magnitude 7 Metals took over operations at the plant.
44 thousand pounds of aluminum were stacked on the trailer, but Mark Allen, a Magnitude 7 employee said when they get back to full production there will be a lot more than that.
"When we were loading and in full production, we were loading as many as 1000 trucks a month so that's not just jobs here it was truck driving jobs and there was fabricating shops and jobs all over so it created a lot of jobs," said Allen.
This smelter plant was formerly known as Noranda and shut down in 2016. City leaders said the shutdown was a major economic blow to the area. Hundreds reportedly lost their jobs.
When Magnitude 7 Metals bought and took over the plant in May of 2018, the owners said their new operation would bring 450 jobs back to the area.
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