Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rep. Banks joins Press-Seal for facility tour, public policy discussion

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.-3) joined representatives from Press-Seal Corporation and passenger rail advocacy groups to tour Press-Seal's Fort Wayne, Ind., facility.

Rep. Banks spent the day learning about Press-Seal's freight rail and transit products and discussed public policy priorities for the business and rail communities in greater Fort Wayne. The tour was led by Press-Seal Corporation's Director of Operations Peter Skinner. During the visit, Rep. Banks saw the manufacturing of several rail products, including nylon tie inserts for concrete rail ties, rail pads for switches and special track work and steel inserts used in concrete ties made for the transit industry.

"We are honored to host Congressman Banks and share our Fort Wayne success story and continued commitment to the region with him," said Press-Seal Executive Chairman Jim Skinner. "Reliable and consistent funding for transportation projects at the federal and state levels are critical to supporting rail supply manufacturing jobs here in Fort Wayne and around our state. We appreciate Congressman Banks' time and interest in learning more about our industry."

Elected in 2016, Rep. Banks is currently serving his first term in Congress.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity to tour Press-Seal Corporation's local operations and learn more about their exciting rail products," said Rep. Banks. "I look forward to continuing to engage with those present today as we work together to create jobs, spur economic activity across the state and ensure our communities are safely and efficiently served by rail."

The group discussed the private nature of America's freight railroad network, as well as the Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery Grant Program and its funding situation in Congress.

Railway Engineering-Maintenance and Suppliers Association (REMSA) coordinated the event.

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