Keystone Facility Hosts Legislative Visit
By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs, ABC Keystone
As the Commonwealth continues to struggle with the “brain drain” and sees more young, educated people leaving for employment in neighboring states, the Pennsylvania legislature is still searching for alternatives that will also address a growing workforce shortage. The newly renovated Keystone facility never fails to serve as a model for innovative workforce development efforts.
This week, the facility hosted freshman Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon), who won a four-way primary last year to succeed former Rep. Mauree Gingrich. Ryan is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and has an extensive private background in accounting and manufacturing, but was amazed by Keystone’s efforts to bolster the skilled trades. During his visit, Ryan toured the facility, including the training shop and the new welding lab. He also spoke with 2017 ABC Keystone Board Chair Donna J. Shoff, H.L. Wiker, Inc., and ABC Keystone Board Vice Chairman Doug Dvorchak, Murray Securus, about the importance of investing in skilled trades. “I want to help champion efforts like this,” said Ryan. “The legislature can do so much to help with regulatory reform to help businesses succeed and with funding to make sure efforts like this continue to grow.”
Ryan is a strong proponent of House Bill 1066
, which codifies equal access to apprenticeship ratios, as well as Prevailing Wage reform.
| Doug Dvorchak, Donna J. Shoff, Rep. Frank Ryan