The focus of the senators visit is the rural manufacturing community. The Brookville Equipment Corporation employs nearly 300 people. Senator Casey was able to see first hand the effects the business reaches throughout the country. The business builds rail cars and locomotives for major cities throughout the country.
“We have street cars running in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dallas,” explains Joel McNeil, Vice President of Business Development.
The company has to stay competitive with prices- but it can be difficult because of the threat of outsourcing. “We have great paying jobs here so it is a struggle to compete against potentially, some of these foreign suppliers,” says McNeil.
On Tuesday Senator Bob Casey paid their employees a visit. The Senator says he wants to be to help breathe life into the country’s manufacturing industry.
“We want to make sure that Pennsylvania jobs, Pennsylvania manufacturers are protected when tax policies are being debated,” explains Senator Casey.
Which is something Brookville Mayor Richard Beck says the borough desperately needs,
“The way he talked to these people here, maybe they can put a little influence on some of the people down there and get things moving a little better than it is right now.”
The senator says having the first hand look at the facility will help him advocate for companies like Brookville Equipment Corp when he heads back to Washington D.C.
“It gives us a lens through which to view the federal budget more critically, so that we’re not cutting programs that will enhance the opportunities that a company like this has,” explains Senator Casey.
Employees are hoping the senator will give them a voice back in Washington. This is one of many stops Senator Casey will be making throughout the state over the course of the upcoming days.