(L-R): Congressman Glenn Thompson, Rick Graham, President of Brookville Equipment, and Bob Zaruta, President/CEO of NWIRC

U.S. Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson toured Brookville Equipment in Brookville, PA on Friday, May 12th, along with President/CEO, Bob Zaruta, of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center (NWIRC). The tour was hosted by Brookville Equipment President, Rick Graham. The purpose of the visit was for Congressman Thompson to hear about the successes and challenges at the company and the impact they’ve seen from projects working with NWIRC, one of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in PA. Graham stressed the importance of needing to continually evolve and improve to stay competitive so the company can grow and provide good paying family sustaining jobs. Thompson said meeting and touring with manufacturers in the region is important for him to understand the issues they are facing so he can speak about them first-hand in Washington. This past March, Thompson organized a special hearing at the Capitol for a delegation of manufacturers and representatives to speak to their elected officials about the importance of manufacturing and the MEP Program.

Brookville Equipment produces a full line of customized rail-mounted or rubber-tired haulage machines for underground mining, tunneling construction, industrial and switching applications, and mass transit applications. Graham was promoted earlier this year after serving for 14 months as Chief Financial Officer at the manufacturer which has a 99-year history delivering custom rail-mounted equipment, including streetcars, locomotives, and mining and tunneling equipment. Upon joining Brookville Equipment in October 2015, Graham brought with him two decades of financial leadership from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare.

(L-R): Congressman Glenn Thompson, Rick Graham, Peter Winkler, District Manager for Congressman Thompson; and Bob Zaruta


(L-R): Congressman Glenn Thompson, Bob Zaruta, and Rick Graham