Missourinet has been following the progress of Bootheel town New Madrid as they try to secure a steel mill for an area that lost 900 jobs in a plant closing last year.

After a bill passed in special legislative session and rallies led by Gov. Eric Greitens, it’s now waiting time for local lawmakers, city leaders and eager employees.

Missourinet News Director Brian Hauswirth caught up with a key player in this effort, Portageville Rep. Don Rone at local favorite, Katie’s Diner.