Special guest: Gov. Wolf visits Warren on Friday

Lincoln Sokolski of Whirley talks to Governor Tom Wolf and his wife Frances on Friday about Whirley’s success in Warren.

Governor Tom Wolf likes The Plaza’s pie.

That was just one of the things he said after stopping through Warren on a four-day tour across northern Pennsylvania. The goal of the trip was to get out and see the things that make northern Pennsylvania unique. Wolf will have stopped in 14 counties total by Sunday. On Friday’s schedule was a tour of the Zippo plant in Bradford, the Kinzua Bridge State Park and skywalk, and Whirley Drinkworks, with lunch at The Plaza in between.

“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.”

Following his tour of Whirley on Harmar St., Gov. Wolf said that “it’s great to be here. The people of Warren are great.” Whirley, he said after seeing the manufacturing facility and talking to some of the team members, managers, and owners, “are doing some great things.”

A presentation by Lincoln Sokolski, president of Whirley Industries, showcased the growth of the company and the variety of products it offers internationally.

Specifically, Wolf showed interest in the company’s efforts to reduce waste and go as green as possible.

“The town is wonderful,” Wolf said of Warren before moving on to Marienville’s Octoberfest and Saturday’s planned visit to Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield Counties, where Governor Wolf and the First Lady will be stopping at the Elk County Visitor’s Center, BWP Bats, and the Harmony Grange Fair. “And the pie was the best.”