Congressman Fred Keller hears from local manufacturers

February 19, 2021
Press Release
Visits several area small businesses during series of in-district tours

Washington, D.C. — After recently being named Ranking Member of the House Education and Labor Committee’s Workforce Protections Subcommittee, this week Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) visited several manufacturing companies in his district to see how they are adapting to the pandemic and get input from workers and employers on ways to support the workforce in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

 

Keller toured three small business in Lycoming, Snyder, and Tioga counties to better understand their needs and effectively represent them in Washington.

 

On Tuesday, Keller toured Wirerope Works Inc. in Williamsport. Wirerope Works manufactures wire rope and strand products used to build roads, bridges, airports, and more.

 

Congressman Keller poses for a photo with Wirerope Works employees at its Williamsport facility.

 

Wirerope Works operates the single largest wire rope manufacturing facility in North America and has continually occupied its Williamsport facility for over 120 years. The company serves many local industries including construction, logging, marine, mining, oil and gas, and steel.

 

Later that day, Keller visited Architectural Precast Innovations, Inc., in Paxtonville. A local concrete manufacturer, API produces raw materials used to build parking garages, warehouses, apartment buildings, and more. The company employs 80 workers in the community.

 

Congressman Keller (center) on a tour of Architectural Precast Innovations, Inc.

 

On Friday, Congressman Keller joined state Rep. Clint Owlett (R-68) to tour Truck-Lite, Inc. in Wellsboro. A worldwide leader in heavy-duty lighting, mirrors, and trailer safety systems, Truck-Lite has successfully reimagined its operations during the pandemic. The company employs 250 local workers and is actively looking to expand, offering outstanding employment opportunities in PA-12.

 

State Rep. Owlett (center) and Keller (right) touring Truck-Lite in Wellsboro.

 

On the tours, Congressman Keller made the following statement:

 

“Having worked in private industry for 25 years, I know first-hand how critical these jobs are for the regional economy. The people of central and northeast Pennsylvania are hardworking, smart, and diligent, and that was evident in seeing how these companies have adapted to keep their workers safe while maintain operations during the pandemic. The relationships we are building with local workers and employers will inform my work as Ranking Member of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. I always appreciate the opportunity to see firsthand the work that gets done across the district and learn how I can best advocate for our communities in Congress.”

 

Keller returns to Washington, D.C. next week to continue his work to strengthen workforce protections, support local job creators, and reopen the American economy.

 

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