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Ford City
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312 Ford St.
Ford City, PA 16226-1212
Tel: 724-763-3222
FAX: 724-763-9788
Staff: Abigail Major (Chief of Staff), Amajor@pahousegop.com
Marissa DeLorenzo, Mdelorenzo@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon- Wed and Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Thurs. 12 pm - 7 pm.

Sarver Office
612 South Pike Road #106
Sarver, PA 16055
Phone: (724) 295-2200
Fax: (724) 295-2322  

Staff: Zachary Reigh, Zreigh@pahousegop.com
Marcia Fox Mfox@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

Capitol Office
216 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202060
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
Tel: 717-783-5327
Fax: 717-260-6511
Staff: Erica Godsey, egodsey@pahousegop.com 
 
Email:  
The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle, Pallone and Petrarca Laud Passage of Bill to Protect Manufacturing Jobs in Pennsylvania
7/13/2007
In an effort to retain manufacturing business in Pennsylvania, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana), Rep. John Pallone (D-Armstrong/Westmoreland), and Rep. Joseph Petrarca (D-Armstrong/Westmoreland) have supported legislation to allow large industrial businesses to negotiate a fixed electricity rate with utility companies.
 
“For the past several years, western Pennsylvania has suffered a decline in manufacturing facilities,” Pyle said. “As the cost to do business in Pennsylvania increases, it’s become apparent that businesses will continue to relocate to other states. House Bill 1530 will help stabilize the employment of many steelworkers and other folks employed in industrial operations.”
 
“Energy costs can be among the biggest expenses for manufacturing companies to endure. If we are going to save our manufacturing jobs then we have to give these companies the ability to hedge against uncertain and ever soaring utility costs,” Pallone said. “By allowing businesses to enter long-term contracts with utilities, as House Bill 1530 would do, we are helping to keep manufacturers in Pennsylvania, we are helping to lure more to move here, and we are helping to keep our citizens employed.”
 
As the wave of electrical rate caps expire throughout the rest of the Commonwealth, Pyle said that these increases in prices will chill capital and human investment, lead to reductions in industrial operations and accelerate manufacturing job losses in Pennsylvania.
 
“Many of my constituents in the Alle-Kiski Valley are employed by the manufacturing sector,” Pyle said. “As the cost of doing business continues to rise, companies will have no other choice but to reduce their workforce in order to absorb these price increases. This bill will allow companies such as Allegheny Ludlum to retain their work force.”
 
“This legislation would help ensure that area businesses don’t get socked with huge increases in their electric bills,” Petrarca said.  “Overhead is a huge expense, especially for companies just starting out, and we need to help them so they can continue to grow and provide good jobs for our residents.”
 
Pyle noted that this legislation received true bipartisan support to help protect and maintain the manufacturing base in Pennsylvania. This will help to open the door for further development and expansion, he added.
 
The bill would allow electric distribution companies to negotiate with large customers a set fee for electricity for any length of time with large companies. The agreement would need to be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to ensure that costs of the negotiated contract are not being passed on to other customers of the electric company.
 
“I was happy to support this legislation and be chosen to debate on its behalf,” Pyle said. “If this bill becomes law, it will help protect many jobs in Armstrong and Indiana Counties.”
 
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
 
Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(800) 287-0614
Contact: Tim Eller
House Republican Public Relations
teller@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6242
Member site: 
JeffPyle.net
Caucus site: PAHouseGOP.com
Rep. John E. Pallone
(717) 783-1819
Member Site: www.pahouse.com/pallone
Rep. Joseph Petrarca
(717) 787-5142
Member Site: www.pahouse.com/petrarca