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Mike Pence To Visit Non-Union Bucks Co. Company, Agitating Labor



    Mike Pence Campaigns through Pennsylvania

    NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal is in Bucks County where the Trump-Pence Campaign is making a strategic effort to win over the keystone state. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016)

    For the second time in three presidential elections, a Republican in the running is visiting Worth & Co., a non-union Bucks County manufacturer in Pipersville whose president and CEO has given tens of thousands to Republican campaigns over the last two decades.

    Donald Trump's running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, is following in the footsteps of Sen. John McCain, who visited the company headquarters in 2008.

    The AFL-CIO, a national labor organization representing 12.5 million workers, said the campaign stop for Pence "falls in line with his anti-worker legacy as Governor of Indiana, where he worked hard to repeal the state's 80-year-old law that ensured fair wages for construction workers."

    Worth & Co.'s president and CEO, Stephen Worth, touts his business as "the largest merit shop mechanical systems provider in the tri-state area." 

    Pence will tour the facility on Applebutter Road in the afternoon and give a short speech, according to the Trump campaign. Earlier in the afternoon, Pence will take a private tour of Tech Tube, a Montgomery County manufacturer of specialty tubing and fabricated parts for industries like aerospace and medical supply.

    Tickets for 4 p.m. public event at Worth & Co. are still available. They are on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the campaign.

    In June 2008, McCain came as the Republican presidential nominee to the Pipersville business, which employs more than 600 people in Bucks County and Delaware. 

    Worth, a longtime donor to GOP candidates according to federal campaign finance records, has also given thousands to a political action committee called Associated Builders and Contractors, also known as the ABC PAC. The PAC advocates for a "free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation." Worth has also given occasionally to Bucks County Democrats running for office. In total, Worth has given $73,000 to federal candidates and PACs since 1997.

    In welcoming Pence, Worth said in a press release, "We look forward to hosting Gov. Mike Pence tomorrow and are privileged to have the opportunity to showcase our company (the largest merit shop mechanical systems provider in the tri-state area), promote the power of free enterprise, highlight career opportunities in the construction trade and support our local community.”

    You can WATCH Pence's town hall meeting LIVE on this page at 4 p.m.