Local and state officials are continuing their efforts to bring a steel mill to New Madrid in the southeast corner of the state, and they express optimism about their chances of doing so despite recent changes to the state’s business environment.
New Madrid is still in contention to land the steel mill and has made good progress in discussions with the mill’s owner, Richard McGill, New Madrid’s city administrator, said Tuesday.
Rep. Don Rone, R-Portageville, continues to express optimism about New Madrid attracting a mill. In 2017, Rone said the owner of the prospective mill wanted the state to pass a “right-to-work” law. Missouri did that in 2017, but voters rejected the law this August.
Rone said southeast Missouri has also gotten a boost from another major manufacturing operation — the Magnitude Seven smelter that opened in the facility once occupied by Noranda Aluminum.
The plan has now hired more than 400 people, Rone said, and is looking to add more jobs.
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