Reopened smelter in New Madrid, Co., MO makes its first shipment

Reopened smelter in New Madrid, Co., MO makes its first shipment
Published: Jul. 31, 2018 at 3:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 5:08 PM CDT
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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.

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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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