Governor Wolf Continues Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties
September 22, 2017
Harrisburg, Pa. – Today, on the third day of a four-day, 14-county visit in northern Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf is stopping in Bradford and Mt. Jewett, McKean County; Warren, Warren County; and Marienville, Forest County.
“As I have traveled the state visiting communities and listening to people working in manufacturing, schools, healthcare and tourism, it is clear that we’re working together to create jobs and improve communities,” said Governor Wolf. “It is important for the state to hear from communities in every part of the commonwealth to learn how we can support them and see the progress being made in economic development, education, and workforce training.”
The governor’s first stop today was Bradford, where he and the First Lady visited Zippo Manufacturing, the family-owned business celebrating 85 years as an iconic brand in Pennsylvania.
The Zippo lighter has been featured in more than 2,000 movies, stage plays and television shows over the years, and its famous Zippo “click” sound has been sampled on songs. The lighters themselves have been featured on album covers, tattooed on rockers’ skin, and wielded in Rolling Stone photo shoots.
While at Zippo, the Wolfs saw the manufacturing process, talked with employees – some of whom have worked at the factory for many years – and learned about how the factory has helped the town of Bradford grow and thrive over the years.
Following Zippo, the tour stopped at Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, where the governor and First Lady joined Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. They met with staff of the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, managed through a public-private partnership that is increasing economic opportunities for small local producers and area artisans.
After discussing the importance of Pennsylvania’s state parks for the tourism industry in rural communities, the governor visited the Kinzua Bridge skywalk, a 600-foot pedestrian walkway overlooking the Kinzua Gorge. The skywalk, constructed after the Kinzua Viaduct and once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.
Gov. Wolf will visit Whirley-DriveWorks in Warren at 2:15 p.m., where he and the First Lady will talk with employees and tour the family-owned business. They will finish the day with a visit to the Marienville Oktoberfest at 4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, Gov. Wolf and the First Lady will visit Elk County, Jefferson County and Clearfield County with stops at the Elk County Visitors Center, BWP Bats, and the Harmony Grange Fair.