Sen. Argall’s Television Program Features State-Sponsored Job Retention Tools Saving Local Jobs

SINKING SPRING – This month’s local TV report by Senator David G. Argall (R-29) features a discussion with the Williams family, owners and operators of Williams Metalfinishing in Sinking Spring. Argall is joined by his colleague, Senator Mike Folmer (R-48), and Patrick Meese, who serves as Director of Central PA Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN).

Meese’s organization works with the state’s Department of Labor to identify and stabilize manufacturers who may be at risk of closing or losing jobs due to increased global competition. SEWN was recently utilized by Williams Metalfinishing to turn around operations.

“We hear about the tools and programs available for new jobs coming to Pennsylvania,” Argall said. “However, we need to make sure we are protecting the jobs that are here right now, which is why SEWN is critical for jobs, as evidenced by Williams Metalfinishing.”

During the program, Sens. Argall and Folmer discuss hurdles for Williams Metalfinishing with Bob Williams, CEO; Lee Williams, President; and Kim Williams, VP/COO.

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“Organizations like SEWN are important for preserving and sustaining jobs in Berks County. This program provides an in-depth look at how a state-supported program can help preserve Pennsylvania jobs and Pennsylvania manufacturing. This visit verified why we need programs like SEWN and employers like Williams Metalfinishing,” Argall concluded.

Employing 30 local residents, Williams Metalfinishing was founded in 1975 by Bob Williams. Williams Metalfinishing specializes in large, complex metal polishing and vapor degreasing projects.

The program will air on:

  • Blue Ridge Communications (Channel 13) every Monday at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
  • Comcast On-Demand on Channel 1 – Get Local – Government – State Senate.
  • Reading (Channel 21) and Hamburg (Channel 19) every Monday at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and every Tuesday at 9 a.m.
  • Service Electric (Channel 19) the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 p.m.
  • The program is available on Berks Community Television, Shen-Heights TV, Hazleton’s WLYN TV 35 and MetroCast Communications Channel 10.  Please check local listings for air times.