Springfield, PA – Representative Bryan Lentz, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, toured Synthes USA on Friday for the nineteenth stop of his 10-week, 25-stop economic tour. The West Goshen-based manufacturer makes implantable fixing devices and adhesives to treat bone and muscle damage caused by accidents and medical procedures.
About 350 of Synthes USA’s 1,400 domestic employees are located in the company’s southeast Pennsylvania facilities. The company provides instruments and implants to hospitals across the U.S., including almost all training facilities at the nation’s medical schools. Its local operations include research facilities where high quality, innovative products used in the treatment of traumatic injuries are designed and developed.
During his hour-long visit, Lentz took a guided tour of the facilities where the company manufactures screws, plates and other surgical implants. He spoke with a company executive and workers.
“Synthes has a long history of creating new jobs by pioneering new products for a rapidly growing field in the medical industry and it is exactly the k ind of company that we need to be making sure we put in place policies that are aiding their growth,” Lentz said.
Lentz was joined on the tour by the head of Delaware County Community College’s Wokforce Entry Center. Synthes collaborates with the college to train new employees on advanced, computer-aided machining equipment. It has put more than 100 employees through the training program. Lentz said he supported tax breaks for companies like Synthes to train and hire more workers.
Lentz launched his 10-week, 25-stop economic listening tour at the end of July. Recent stops on the tour included a town hall forum in Crum Lynne on jobs and the economy, and a tour of Aztec Solar, one of the region’s largest installers of commercial and residential solar power systems.
Lentz has already introduced a five-point proposal for generating job growth, including giving companies incentives to invest and expand, and providing educational opportunities to train employees in fields where demand is growing, like math and engineering. He said he would use the ten-week tour of businesses in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties to further fine tune his proposal to target the demands of local businesses and working families.
Lentz has made saving and creating jobs the cornerstone of his campaign for Congress. He is the only candidate with a published plan to get our economy moving again and the only candidate who supports Wall Street reform and the creation of a consumer financial protection agency to ensure another collapse does not happen. Lentz has also pledged to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas while his opponent Pat Meehan has signed a pledge that has bound him to oppose legislation that has been introduced to end those tax breaks.
A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq War veteran, Bryan Lentz currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County. He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.