Keller tours Tioga County

October 3, 2019
In The News

Representative Fred Keller, along with Tioga County commissioner Mark Hamilton and state Rep. Clint Owlett, embarked on a rigorous tour of Tioga County Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Beginning in Wellsboro they visited PRSM Healthcare, before heading to Trinity Lutheran School, followed by a stop at Owlett’s Farm Market. After a quick lunch, the group traveled to Tyoga Container Company and then made their way to Williamson High School before concluding their day at Boral Enterprises in Elkland. It was a busy day, but they were eager to be out and about interacting with the people of Tioga County.

At Boral Enterprises, the group toured the 335,000-square-foot facility guided by plant managers Bill McCaig and Paul Tharrett, stopping throughout to observe some of the 66 injection molding machines in the factory.

Keller, who spent 25 years in manufacturing before running for office, said he is familiar with the operations necessary to run a large factory.

“It’s a different factory, but when you look at the job they’re doing, you see this with many businesses around PA 12, you can see they are not just telling you how they do things. It’s the culture here. You can see that they are serious about safety and they are serious about caring for their employees. That’s just the kind of outstanding people we have here in PA 12,” Keller said.

The people who make factories like Boral Enterprises work are the people who best know how to run their businesses.

“I think when we look at the economy and jobs in general. The companies in PA 12, they care about their employees. It’s just looking at what we can do to make sure these businesses can thrive and make decisions for themselves. We don’t have the government coming in trying to get between the employer/employee relationship,” Keller said.

Skilled labor positions continue to grow as the Baby Boomer generation retires out. That is one of the major obstacles facing the Pennsylvania, said Keller. After having toured Williamson High School and previously visiting similar programs throughout Pennsylvania’s 12th District, Keller said that collaboration between educators and businesses will help to fill the skilled labor jobs that are emerging.

After a busy day, Keller said he was grateful to meet the people who make the district work.

“Coming around the district and having the opportunity to represent the people of PA 12, they are outstanding individuals. They are thoughtful and care about the communities. The things I’ve been working on is to push forward policies that will help people, the USMC agreement, for trade between Mexico and Canada, the Dairy Pride Act. We have met with people at healthcare roundtables throughout the month of August. Taking those ideas to D.C., we just need to make sure the speaker, instead of focusing on the distractions she wants to focus on against our president, … to make sure she begins focusing on the things I’ve been focused on that will impact positively the lives of the people of PA 12,” Keller said.

Having raised his thoughts on the current political environment in Washington, D.C., Keller addressed the impeachment inquiry.

“Here is a case where speaker Pelosi, ... we are talking about somebody who is called a whistleblower, it’s hearsay that they have now taken and said the president has done all these things. When, in fact, we get the transcript, we get the complaint and it doesn’t show that at all,” said Keller.

“Think about this, they took hearsay and before they even saw the transcript of the phone call or the complaint, they are already saying the president is guilty without any due process. Those are the same people that are out there talking about red flag laws. I think the American citizens should be very concerned about how they conduct business. It’s time for speaker Pelosi, quite frankly, to stop trying to de-legitimize the duly-elected president because she doesn’t agree with his policies,” Keller said.