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SPECTER IN LANCASTER, YORK, ADAMS AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, PA., TOMORROW TO VISIT AIRPORT, BMY COMBAT SYSTEMS, TURKEY PROCESSING PLANT

SPECTER IN LANCASTER, YORK, ADAMS AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, PA., TOMORROW
 TO VISIT AIRPORT, BMY COMBAT SYSTEMS, TURKEY PROCESSING PLANT
 U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) will be in Lancaster, York, Adams and Franklin counties, Pa., tomorrow, April 24, to visit the Lancaster Airport, the BMY Combat Systems plant in York, the Round Hill Turkey Processing Plant in New Oxford and the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.
 -- At 9.15 a.m., Specter, who is a member of the Senate Appropriation Committee, will visit the Lancaster Airport on 500G Airport Road, off Route 501, just north of Lancaster, where he will be briefed by airport officials on what the facility is hoping it can accomplish with federal discretionary Airport Improvement Funds.
 These are funds over and above the formula funds all airports receive and must be competed for.
 The airport hopes to win funding for a new apron, a de-icing facility to hold de-icing chemicals, bituminous overlays for Taxiways A, B and E, additional parking area for planes and a new terminal complex to allow for future growth.
 -- At 11 a.m., Specter will visit the BMY Combat Systems on Wolf Church Road, off Route 616, in York, where he will be the featured speaker at the Roll-Out ceremony for the M109A6 Paladin, the Army's newest howitzer. Some 1,500 BMY employees and 300 invited guests will attend this event.
 Specter, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, has pushed for funding for BMY, arguing successfully that this spending has been in the best interests of national defense.
 The Paladin revolutionizes artillery tactics in that it can fire and move quickly to a new location to avoid counter-battery fire.
 -- At 12:45 p.m., Specter will visit the Round Hill Turkey Processing Plant, 304 S. Water St., in New Oxford, Franklin County, which employs 600 in the area. The firm does business with 78 growers and it sells 75 million pounds of turkey annually, with less than 5 percent for the export market.
 Because of import protection, Round Hill has not been able to export the European Community. Elimination of these trade barriers, according to the U.S. Trade Representative, could boost U.S. exports of poultry by $1.3 billion.
 Specter has been critical of these import barriers, which he considers unfair and against free trade principles,.and has been trying to get the Federal Government to insist on fair trade practices. He has introduced legislation that would allow U.S. companies hurt by unfair imports to sue in Federal Court for injunctions and damages.
 -- At 2:45 p.m., Specter will visit the Letterkenny Army Depot on Route 11 in Chambersburg, Franklin County. The future of this facility an its 3,400 civilian jobs is uncertain, but Sen. Specter, U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster and other Pennsylvania members of Congress are fighting to retain its workforce, which they believe is in the best interest of national defense.
 CONTACT: Steve Dunkle or Sean Kirkendall of Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 717-782-3951.
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