Keller tours Pittston company, wants to extend PPP loan deadline

October 16, 2020
In The News

Back in July- Pennsylvania companies received more than $20 billion in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.

We're now meeting some of the businesses benefiting from it.

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration- and congressman Fred Keller were in Pittston today- touring businesses.

Keller (R) toured Stephenson Equipment in Pittston Thursday afternoon, a crane dealer.

It's like a car dealership, but for cranes and other heavy construction equipment. Repairing, renting and selling to other companies, including PennDOT.

Stephenson never had to shut down- deemed essential at the beginning of the pandemic.

Workers were never laid off or furloughed- and no cases of coronavirus.

It's one of the reasons Congressman Fred Keller is here today too- touring the facility.

"Very important business, supporting small businesses whether it be natural gas which is very important in PA-12 or other construction and paving infrastructure businesses," Keller said.

"We signed, about 180, 190 members signed a discharge petition to get that legislation moving because there's money that had not been utilized yet because of the end date in the original bill. This would extend that date for applying for the needed resources for our businesses," Keller said.

The Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act would extend the deadline to apply for a PPP loan to December 31st.