Seneca, PA — On August 16, 2012, United States Congressman, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, representing the 5th District in Pennsylvania, joined other regional and state officials in visiting Matric for discussions and a plant tour. He was joined by his Senior Field Representative, Joe Fadden; PA State Representative, Scott Hutchinson; NWIRC President, Robert Congressman GT Thompson visits MatricBengel; and Catalyst Connection Regional Director, Ed Wagner. The group was welcomed by members of the Matric operations management group (photo at right).
After welcoming the visitors, Matric President, Rick Turner, gave an overview of Matric beginning with its storied 41+ year history. He added details about the challenges and benefits of being located in rural northwest Pennsylvania. Other discussions included those pertaining to the challenges of the volatile economic market, obstacles to growth from current regulations and more specifically the disappointment with current energy regulations that are also hindering growth. Appreciation was expressed to the Congressman for his support of the MEP (Manufacturer’s Extension Partnership) which has helped Matric in developing many new business opportunities in recent years.
The group was then given a tour of the Matric facility (photo below). The Congressman was very impressed with Matric being such a high tech company successfully operating in rural PA. The visit ended with a group photo. Congressman GT Thompson visits Matric
About Congressman Thompson:
A life-long resident of Howard Township, Centre County, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson was first elected to represent Pennsylvania’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2008 and sworn in to his second term on January 5, 2011.
Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania’s most rural district, Congressman Thompson spent 28 years as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Through his professional experiences, GT has touched the lives of more than 10,000 individuals facing life altering conditions. As a result, GT has learned firsthand the importance of access to quality healthcare in rural communities and has become a strong advocate for increased access, affordability, quality of care, and patient choice. He currently is Co-Chairman of the Congressional Healthcare Caucus.
A community leader and a volunteer firefighter, with three decades of service, GT is acutely aware of the challenges facing rural Pennsylvania remains eager to assist in the revitalization of our rural communities throughout the Fifth District.
As a member of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Education & Workforce Committees, GT will be in a unique position to bring his expertise and knowledge to bear on the issues facing rural businesses, communities, and families, in order to improve the lives of the citizens of the Fifth District. In addition, during the 112th Congress, GT will serve as Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry.