Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — It is all about the economy and jobs, says Speaker of the House John Boehner, of his whirlwind visit to Hartzell Propeller Wednesday morning. While work continued as usual for employees, their special guest toured the facility alongside Joseph Brown, president. The Speaker stating he was spending time with employers in the district to discuss the issues they face, while emphasizing companies such as Hartzell are doing very well and adding jobs.
However, there are concerns about the, “policies coming out of the federal government,” said Boehner, a subject he believes will likely be repeated over the next two days of a total three-day visit. One that included a breakfast speech to the Darke County Chamber of Commerce in Greenville earlier that morning.
Boehner’s visit was fitting not only due to his current congressional run, but his recognition of a Hartzell propeller on a military plane in Afghanistan earlier this month. Also, support of Piqua city leaders who approached his office in regards to their pursuit of National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems or NPIAS designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so as to apply for federal aid.
Should the airport receive NPIAS designation, monies can be used for capital improvement project and annual maintenance to Hartzell Field/Piqua Municipal Airport. Since early 70 corporations utilize the airport so as to take advantage of the services provided by Hartzell Propeller Inc., including manufacturing, conversions and/or certification. Some of those companies include the Ohio State Highway Patrol, American Champion Aircraft, Blackhawk Engine Conversions, Corning Glass, Menards Home Improvement, Sunset Meats, J Crane, and C & C Aviation.
In March, Gary Huff, city manager, sent a letter to the FAA listing the national significance of the Piqua airport, the many businesses it serves and requested a waiver for entry into NPIAS. Hartzell Propeller Inc. backed the letter as a partner in the city’s pursuit, as did speaker Boehner’s office.
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