On October 4th, 2016 the PA House Republican Policy Committee held a hearing and factory tour at Colony Factory Crafted Homes in Shippenville, PA. John Fanelli, RHI Vice President, had the opportunity to participate in the hearing hosted by Representative Donna Oberlander.
Rep. Oberlander informed those who attended that the factory built housing industry has been a major employer of her family for many generations in the Clarion county region. Knowing the industry was a major employer in Clarion County and the surrounding region, Rep. Donna Oberlander who represents Clarion/Armstrong/Forest counties invited the House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (Centre/Mifflin), to a legislative hearing in Shippenville so that legislators across the Commonwealth can learn more about the economic impact this industry has on the region, as well as how legislative and regulatory decisions made in Harrisburg impact its ability to grow. After the hearing the participants had an opportunity to tour the plant and walk through display homes.
The following legislators attended the hearing and stayed to tour the plant and visit the display homes: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (Centre), House Republican Policy Committee Chair; Rep. Donna Oberlander, House Republican Caucus Secretary, Local House Legislator; Rep. Brian Ellis (Butler), House Republican Caucus Administrator; Rep. Chris Dush (Jefferson), House Aging and Older Adult Services, House Commerce, House Labor and Industry, House State Government; Rep. Matt Gabler (Clearfield), House State Government (Subcommittee Chair), House Environmental Resources and Energy, House Finance, House Game and Fisheries Committees; Rep. Lee James (Venango), House Environmental Resources and Energy, House Finance, House Local Government, House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared; Rep. Martin Causer (McKean), House Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Chairman), House Environmental Resources and Energy Committees; Rep. Tedd Nesbit (Mercer) – House Children and Youth, House Gaming Oversight, House Judiciary Committees; Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R- Venango), Local Senate Legislator, Joint Legislative Conservation Committee (Chairman), Senate Local Government (Chairman), Senate Finance (Vice-Chairman), Senate Environmental Resources and Energy, Senate Public Health and Welfare, Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Prepared Committees.
Along with the legislators, the following people participated in panel: Barry Shein, President/CEO of Commodore Corporation; John Fanelli, Vice President of Riverview Homes, Inc.; Mary Gaiski, Executive Vice President of PA Manufactured Housing Association; Jill Foys, Executive Director of Northwest Commission; Wayne Wright, General Manager of Colony Factory Crafted Homes; Wayne Brosius, Clarion County Commissioner; William Henry, III Board Member of Clarion County Economic Development Corporation, Broker of Buford & Henry Real Estate Services, and Owner of Showcase Homes.