A major southeast Missouri aluminum plant is reportedly planning to shut down this week. KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau reports Magnitude 7 in New Madrid County plans to close – putting about 450 people out of jobs.

Kenneth Starr is one of the workers who is shocked.

“Can you imagine if I told you right now, ‘Hey, you gotta go.’ You know, that’s horrible. That’s my livelihood. You could at least gave us some time to prepare. My mind, I don’t know what I’m gonna do,” Starr told KFVS.

A letter to employees reportedly cited abnormally cold weather impacting operations and a search for potential investors to help.

About 450 workers of a southeast Missouri aluminum plant will reportedly soon be unemployed. KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau reports Magnitude 7 in New Madrid County plans to close this week. Chavis Goodwin is one of the workers who will find himself without a job.

“Pray for us, man. Mag was a good job,” he said. “Man, I just hated it folded like it did, man. A lot of people that depended on his job and it’s a lot of families that’s going to be hurt behind this. It’s going to be a big change, man, because I really depended on his job. It’s going to affect us pretty tough.”

Citing that the plant accounts for nearly 30% of America’s aluminum, Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley said keeping the plant open is vital to national security.

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