PA Gov. Ridge Announces Trade Mission to Central Europe

PA Delegation Includes 36 Employers; Governor to Stop First in London, Paris

To Meet With Current, Prospective PA Employers; Trade Mission to Make Stops In

Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Tom Ridge today announced
 he will lead a weeklong trade mission to Central Europe early next month, with
 stops in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  The Pennsylvania Delegation
 will continue on to Hungary while the Governor returns to Pennsylvania.
     Joining Gov. Ridge will be 36 Pennsylvania employers from across the
 state, showcasing their products and services in three key industry sectors:
 information technology; energy; and environmental products and technology.
     Before arriving in Poland, Gov. Ridge will meet with  employers in London
 and Paris that have Pennsylvania investments, and others that are considering
 creating jobs in Pennsylvania.
     "We know Pennsylvania's opportunities don't stop at our borders," Gov.
 Ridge said.  "Every day, barriers and borders mean less and less -- and
 relationships mean more and more.  Our prosperity depends in large measure on
 our relationships with countries throughout the world.  And the best way to
 find new opportunities is to go and look for them.
     "Next month, Pennsylvania companies will join me on a trade mission to
 countries that want to grow their economies.  We believe we have the knowledge
 and products to help them succeed.  And stronger trade partnerships with those
 countries will mean more jobs here at home.
     "Pennsylvania goods and services are second to none.  And we'll work
 harder than anybody.  That's the message we need to deliver to the world --
 and that's why these trade missions are so important."
     The companies participating in the trade mission delegation include energy
 firms, such as Exelon and UGI; environmental firms, such as Chemtech
 International and Roberts Filter Group; and technology firms, such as Valley
 Technologies Inc.
     This trade mission will focus on four European countries with growing
 economies, but which are not now major trade partners with Pennsylvania.
     Gov. Ridge will begin the trade mission in Poland, where he will visit the
 City of Krakow.  Pennsylvania exported $27 million in goods and services to
 Poland in 2000.  Krakow is the second-largest city in Poland, and the
 country's cultural and educational center.
     Next, the delegation will travel to Prague, in the Czech Republic.
 Pennsylvania exported $37 million in goods and services to the Czech Republic
 in 2000.  Prague is the country's capital.
     Gov. Ridge will make a brief stop in Bratislava, Slovakia, while the
 delegation moves on to Budapest, Hungary.  Export sales for Pennsylvania in
 Slovakia were $2 million in 2000.
     Gov. Ridge will return to Pennsylvania after his stop in Slovakia.
 Community and Economic Development Secretary Sam McCullough will lead the
 remainder of the mission in Hungary.  In 2000, Pennsylvania sales to Hungary
 totaled $22 million.  Budapest is the capital of Hungary.
     "Central Europe is brimming with promise, particularly in the countries
 we'll visit," Gov. Ridge said.  "They've already made astonishing progress in
 their transformation to market-based economies -- but they have much room to
 grow.  And we want Pennsylvania's exports to grow along with them."
     The Ridge Administration opened a trade office in Prague in 1998.  Under
 Gov. Ridge, Pennsylvania has opened 13 trade offices around the world,
 bringing the total to 17 -- more than any other state.
     This is the 18th Ridge Administration trade mission and the eighth
 personally led by Gov. Ridge.
     According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, each billion dollars of U.S.
 exports supports, on average, about 13,000 U.S. jobs.  Total exports for
 Pennsylvania increased 62 percent from 1994 to 2000, to $25.7 billion,
 according to the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research.
 That means an increase of $9.8 billion during the Ridge Administration.  And
 that means 127,400 new jobs have been created from increased exports.  Workers
 in jobs directly supported by goods exports receive wages 20 percent higher
 than the national average.
     Gov. Ridge's team in Europe will include:  Secretary McCullough;
 Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Robert J. Barkanic; Pennsylvania
 Public Utility Commission Chairman John Quain; and state Arts Council Chairman
 Susan Kemenyffy.
     The mission website can be accessed through the PA PowerPort at
 www.state.pa.us or directly at www.dced.state.pa.us.
 
     NOTE:  A list of the 36 Pennsylvania employers participating in the trade
 mission is attached.
 
                 PARTICIPANTS IN CENTRAL EUROPEAN TRADE MISSION
 
      Allegheny County
      DQE
      400 Fairway Drive, Suite 300
      Cherrington Corporate Center
      Moon Township
 
      Dynalene
      5250 West Coplay Road
      Whitehall
      Allegheny County
 
      Dynamic Power Technologies LLC
      275 Center Road
      Monroeville
 
      IT Corp.
      2790 Mosside Blvd.
      Monroeville
 
      Bedford County
      Bedford Materials Inc. (Westinghouse)
      Routes 30 and 31
      Bedford
 
      Creative Pultrusions
      214 Industrial Lane
      Alum Bank
 
      Berks County
      UGI/Amerigas/Flaga
      100 Kachel Blvd., Suite 400
      Green Hills Corp. Center
      Reading
 
      Blair County
      F.L. Smithe
      Old Route 220 North Duncansville
      ORX
      1 Park Ave.
      Tipton
 
      Wineland Equipment Inc. R.R. 2
      Martinsburg
 
      Cambria County
      Dynamic Design Engineering
      416 Main St.
      Suite 200
      Johnstown
 
      Johnstown Welding and Fabrication Inc./Anderson Cutting Systems
      P.O. Box 1286
      Johnstown
 
      Maintenance Equipment & Chemicals
      625 Simmons Lane
      Johnstown
 
      United Metal Fabricators
      1316 Eisenhower Blvd.
      Johnstown
 
      Chester County
      Cypress Energy
      Village at Eland, Suite 802
      Phoenixville
 
      Exelon Generation
      300 Exelon Way, Suite 310
      Kennett Square
 
      PMC Technologies
      835 Springdale Drive, Suite 201
      Exton
 
      RV Industries
      584 Poplar Road
      Honey Brook
 
      Dauphin County
      Malatesta, Hawke and McKeon LLP
      100 North 10th St.
      Harrisburg
 
      Delaware County
      Chemtech International Inc.
      P.O. Box 951
      693 Meadowbrook Lane
      Media
 
      Green Mountain Energy Company
      123 Bloomingdale Ave., Suite 202
      Wayne
 
      Roberts Filter Group
      P.O. Box 167
      Darby
 
      Erie County
      Engage I.T.
      5100 Peach St.
      Suite 14
      Erie
 
      Erie Aviation
      1607 Asbury Road
      Erie
 
      Lehigh County
      Biomed Sciences
      1111 Hamilton St.
      Allentown
 
      Solutionwerks Business & Technical Services
      P.O. Box 3615
      Allentown
 
      Luzerne County
      Southern Company
      1 PE1 Center
      Wilkes-Barre
 
      Monroe County
      AMCS Corp.
      815 Ave. B
      Stroudsburg
      Monroe County
 
      Montgomery County
      Info724
      106 Feadan Court
      Lansdale
 
      PJM Technologies
      955 Jefferson Ave.
      Norristown
 
      Northampton County
      Precision Medical
      300 Held Drive
      Northampton
 
      Universal Industrial Gases
      801 South 25th St., Suite 2
      Easton
 
      Philadelphia County
      Kingsbury Inc.
      10385 Drummond Road
      Philadelphia
 
      Schuylkill County
      Valley Technologies Inc.
      R.D. No. 4, Route 309
      Tamaqua
 
      Westmoreland County
      Commercial Consulting
      Box 312B Penn-Pitt Building
      Greensboro
 
      Integrated Consultants and Engineers
      514 Brinton Ave.
      Trafford
 
     CONTACT:  Gretchen Toner, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania
 Office Of The Governor, 717-783-1116, or Megan Neuhard of the Pennsylvania
 Department of Community and Economic Development, 717-783-1132.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Tom Ridge today announced
 he will lead a weeklong trade mission to Central Europe early next month, with
 stops in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  The Pennsylvania Delegation
 will continue on to Hungary while the Governor returns to Pennsylvania.
     Joining Gov. Ridge will be 36 Pennsylvania employers from across the
 state, showcasing their products and services in three key industry sectors:
 information technology; energy; and environmental products and technology.
     Before arriving in Poland, Gov. Ridge will meet with  employers in London
 and Paris that have Pennsylvania investments, and others that are considering
 creating jobs in Pennsylvania.
     "We know Pennsylvania's opportunities don't stop at our borders," Gov.
 Ridge said.  "Every day, barriers and borders mean less and less -- and
 relationships mean more and more.  Our prosperity depends in large measure on
 our relationships with countries throughout the world.  And the best way to
 find new opportunities is to go and look for them.
     "Next month, Pennsylvania companies will join me on a trade mission to
 countries that want to grow their economies.  We believe we have the knowledge
 and products to help them succeed.  And stronger trade partnerships with those
 countries will mean more jobs here at home.
     "Pennsylvania goods and services are second to none.  And we'll work
 harder than anybody.  That's the message we need to deliver to the world --
 and that's why these trade missions are so important."
     The companies participating in the trade mission delegation include energy
 firms, such as Exelon and UGI; environmental firms, such as Chemtech
 International and Roberts Filter Group; and technology firms, such as Valley
 Technologies Inc.
     This trade mission will focus on four European countries with growing
 economies, but which are not now major trade partners with Pennsylvania.
     Gov. Ridge will begin the trade mission in Poland, where he will visit the
 City of Krakow.  Pennsylvania exported $27 million in goods and services to
 Poland in 2000.  Krakow is the second-largest city in Poland, and the
 country's cultural and educational center.
     Next, the delegation will travel to Prague, in the Czech Republic.
 Pennsylvania exported $37 million in goods and services to the Czech Republic
 in 2000.  Prague is the country's capital.
     Gov. Ridge will make a brief stop in Bratislava, Slovakia, while the
 delegation moves on to Budapest, Hungary.  Export sales for Pennsylvania in
 Slovakia were $2 million in 2000.
     Gov. Ridge will return to Pennsylvania after his stop in Slovakia.
 Community and Economic Development Secretary Sam McCullough will lead the
 remainder of the mission in Hungary.  In 2000, Pennsylvania sales to Hungary
 totaled $22 million.  Budapest is the capital of Hungary.
     "Central Europe is brimming with promise, particularly in the countries
 we'll visit," Gov. Ridge said.  "They've already made astonishing progress in
 their transformation to market-based economies -- but they have much room to
 grow.  And we want Pennsylvania's exports to grow along with them."
     The Ridge Administration opened a trade office in Prague in 1998.  Under
 Gov. Ridge, Pennsylvania has opened 13 trade offices around the world,
 bringing the total to 17 -- more than any other state.
     This is the 18th Ridge Administration trade mission and the eighth
 personally led by Gov. Ridge.
     According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, each billion dollars of U.S.
 exports supports, on average, about 13,000 U.S. jobs.  Total exports for
 Pennsylvania increased 62 percent from 1994 to 2000, to $25.7 billion,
 according to the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research.
 That means an increase of $9.8 billion during the Ridge Administration.  And
 that means 127,400 new jobs have been created from increased exports.  Workers
 in jobs directly supported by goods exports receive wages 20 percent higher
 than the national average.
     Gov. Ridge's team in Europe will include:  Secretary McCullough;
 Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Robert J. Barkanic; Pennsylvania
 Public Utility Commission Chairman John Quain; and state Arts Council Chairman
 Susan Kemenyffy.
     The mission website can be accessed through the PA PowerPort at
 www.state.pa.us or directly at www.dced.state.pa.us.
 
     NOTE:  A list of the 36 Pennsylvania employers participating in the trade
 mission is attached.
 
                 PARTICIPANTS IN CENTRAL EUROPEAN TRADE MISSION
 
      Allegheny County
      DQE
      400 Fairway Drive, Suite 300
      Cherrington Corporate Center
      Moon Township
 
      Dynalene
      5250 West Coplay Road
      Whitehall
      Allegheny County
 
      Dynamic Power Technologies LLC
      275 Center Road
      Monroeville
 
      IT Corp.
      2790 Mosside Blvd.
      Monroeville
 
      Bedford County
      Bedford Materials Inc. (Westinghouse)
      Routes 30 and 31
      Bedford
 
      Creative Pultrusions
      214 Industrial Lane
      Alum Bank
 
      Berks County
      UGI/Amerigas/Flaga
      100 Kachel Blvd., Suite 400
      Green Hills Corp. Center
      Reading
 
      Blair County
      F.L. Smithe
      Old Route 220 North Duncansville
      ORX
      1 Park Ave.
      Tipton
 
      Wineland Equipment Inc. R.R. 2
      Martinsburg
 
      Cambria County
      Dynamic Design Engineering
      416 Main St.
      Suite 200
      Johnstown
 
      Johnstown Welding and Fabrication Inc./Anderson Cutting Systems
      P.O. Box 1286
      Johnstown
 
      Maintenance Equipment & Chemicals
      625 Simmons Lane
      Johnstown
 
      United Metal Fabricators
      1316 Eisenhower Blvd.
      Johnstown
 
      Chester County
      Cypress Energy
      Village at Eland, Suite 802
      Phoenixville
 
      Exelon Generation
      300 Exelon Way, Suite 310
      Kennett Square
 
      PMC Technologies
      835 Springdale Drive, Suite 201
      Exton
 
      RV Industries
      584 Poplar Road
      Honey Brook
 
      Dauphin County
      Malatesta, Hawke and McKeon LLP
      100 North 10th St.
      Harrisburg
 
      Delaware County
      Chemtech International Inc.
      P.O. Box 951
      693 Meadowbrook Lane
      Media
 
      Green Mountain Energy Company
      123 Bloomingdale Ave., Suite 202
      Wayne
 
      Roberts Filter Group
      P.O. Box 167
      Darby
 
      Erie County
      Engage I.T.
      5100 Peach St.
      Suite 14
      Erie
 
      Erie Aviation
      1607 Asbury Road
      Erie
 
      Lehigh County
      Biomed Sciences
      1111 Hamilton St.
      Allentown
 
      Solutionwerks Business & Technical Services
      P.O. Box 3615
      Allentown
 
      Luzerne County
      Southern Company
      1 PE1 Center
      Wilkes-Barre
 
      Monroe County
      AMCS Corp.
      815 Ave. B
      Stroudsburg
      Monroe County
 
      Montgomery County
      Info724
      106 Feadan Court
      Lansdale
 
      PJM Technologies
      955 Jefferson Ave.
      Norristown
 
      Northampton County
      Precision Medical
      300 Held Drive
      Northampton
 
      Universal Industrial Gases
      801 South 25th St., Suite 2
      Easton
 
      Philadelphia County
      Kingsbury Inc.
      10385 Drummond Road
      Philadelphia
 
      Schuylkill County
      Valley Technologies Inc.
      R.D. No. 4, Route 309
      Tamaqua
 
      Westmoreland County
      Commercial Consulting
      Box 312B Penn-Pitt Building
      Greensboro
 
      Integrated Consultants and Engineers
      514 Brinton Ave.
      Trafford
 
     CONTACT:  Gretchen Toner, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania
 Office Of The Governor, 717-783-1116, or Megan Neuhard of the Pennsylvania
 Department of Community and Economic Development, 717-783-1132.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor