Congressman visits Washington Parish
Rookie U.S. Congressman Dr. Ralph Abraham visited Bogalusa on Tuesday and toured the International Paper Mill to learn the inner workings of the mill and how the plant and city are intertwined.
Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette, IP Manager Bernie Chascin, IP Senior Governmental Relations Regional Manager Lee Pittman and Bogalusa Mill Communications Manager Kalisa Hayman accompanied Abraham, R-Alto, on his tour.
“The trip to IP was just great. The workers were taking instrumentation classes and technical stuff. It is that skill we’ve got to have,” Abraham said. “Technical people run the world nowadays. They learn all about the electronics and machines. A technical college degree is an advanced degree nowadays. Without technical skilled people, we would be back in the Dark Ages. Once they get their degree, it’s always continual learning because technology is always changing.”
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