U.S. Rep. Sam Graves was in Chillicothe briefly Friday morning, touring Chillicothe Iron and Steel and visiting with company officials. The local visit was among several stops he was making in his home district last week while on Congressional break.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves was in Chillicothe briefly Friday morning, touring Chillicothe Iron and Steel and visiting with company officials. The local visit was among several stops he was making in his home district last week while on Congressional break. “I want to see on-the-job creators, businesses and all the cool things that are in the district,” Graves said. “There are a lot of family-owned business that I pay close attention to... farms, manufacturers, everything. I’m just wanting to hear what’s on their mind.” Chillicothe Iron and Steel is a family-owned business and has been in the same family for more than 50 years. Company President Kara Rounkles and Kent Peterson, company vice president, led the Congressman on a tour of the facility and talked about some of the projects the company has worked on and currently is involved with. Chillicothe Iron and Steel’s work has included military and municipality structures as well as school and church projects. The company’s work can be seen at Whiteman Air Force Base, Fort Leonard Wood, the University of Missouri in Columbia, and the University of Missouri at Rolla, just to name a few. More recently, the company completed a VA addition in Kansas City. Chillicothe Iron and Steel has approximately 25 employees. Other stops for the Congressman on Friday included Linneus for a flag dedication and the Milan area to hear an update regarding the East Locust Creek Reservoir project.