House Manufacturing Caucus Members Tour Harley-Davidson and Glatfelter Paper in York County
10/7/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong) and other members of the House Legislative Manufacturing Caucus toured two of York County’s major employers on Thursday as part of their continuing effort to address the challenges faced by the Commonwealth’s manufacturing sector. Evankovich is co-chairman of the bipartisan caucus, which has nearly 100 members.

Caucus members visited the Glatfelter Paper mill in Spring Grove and the Harley-Davidson plant in Springettsbury Township. Both companies employ about 950 people each.

“We organize these tours to give caucus members a first-hand look at Pennsylvania manufacturers and a better understanding of their concerns,” said Evankovich. “Our discussions with company officials help to arm us the ammunition we need to support policies that lead to job growth.”

Company officials at Glatfelter Paper identified the need to improve roads and bridges, business tax reform and natural gas regulations as key legislative issues.
“What we need is predictability,” said Vice President Tim Hess. “We need to be able to see what’s coming down the pike so we can manage and plan for it.”

During the meeting with caucus members that followed the tour of Harley-Davidson’s state-of-the-art factory, General Manager Ed Magee listed transportation infrastructure, the impact of property tax reform and workforce development as areas of concern.

“How do you train high school students to get them prepared for these great, sustainable jobs?” said Magee. “We want kids to want to work in manufacturing.”

“I appreciated the time we had with Ed Magee, who took us through the process of turning Harley-Davidson’s York plant into a world-class manufacturing facility,” said Evankovich. “It caused me to reflect on the transformative changes Pennsylvania needs to go through to compete in a global marketplace.”
Other caucus members who participated in the tours included Reps. Seth Grove (R-York), Greg Lucas (R-Erie/Crawford), Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland), Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield) and Stan Saylor (R-York).

“Obviously, it’s great to have caucus members down to tour two of York County’s economic drivers,” said Grove, who hosted the visit. “We’re proud of our ingenuity and innovation. It’s wonderful to be able to showcase that and discuss what we can do better on the state level to support manufacturing and supply more family-sustaining jobs.”

Saylor noted that good-paying manufacturing jobs lay a solid bedrock for the middle class, and that bedrock remains strong in York County.

“Harley-Davidson’s York plant makes more than 60 percent of the company’s motorcycles, and Glatfelter’s consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $426 million, a quarterly record and a 10.7 percent increase over the second quarter of 2012,” Saylor said.

In recent weeks, caucus members have also toured manufacturing facilities in the Philadelphia area and western Pennsylvania. They will next visit the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Allentown area on Nov. 14.

For more information on Evankovich and his legislative priorities, visit www.RepEvankovich.com or www.Facebook.com/RepEvankovich.

Representative Eli Evankovich
54th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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