Ellmers makes glowing remarks at Challenge Printing

Congresswoman says plant's work helps patients
Feb. 19, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Standing in the main hall of a local manufacturing plant that faced closure last year, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-Lee County) praised workers for their diligence and support of public health Wednesday afternoon.

The Challenge Printing Company, which prints Food and Drug Administration-required inserts in prescription medication and employs 200 people, hosted Ellmers and other economic development leaders for a private meeting, tour and speech to the company's employees.

Challenge Printing, located at 5905 Clyde Rhyne Drive, was threatened with closure due to a federal bill that would have removed the requirement for paper inserts. It instead favored providing the information in an electronic format. The language that jeopardized the company was ultimately stripped from the bill when it was merged with a similar piece of legislation, thanks in part to Ellmers and other members of Congress, said Challenge Printing Director of Quality Timothy Gelsinger.

“She was instrumental in getting [the language] removed from the bill with a bipartisan effort,” he said.   

After the tour Wednesday, Ellmers addressed the Challenge Printing employees and thanked them for their work toward improving the quality of life for medical patients.

“Health care is vital to every one of us,” she said. “You are helping people. That is why Challenge Printing is not just a job creator and boosting the local economy; it's taking care of people.”

It's important, she said, to progress as technology changes, but those changes can't jeopardize public safety. There are still seniors, who primarily use prescription medicines, who don't have access to the Internet, Ellmers said. There are also times when Internet access is not available — such as natural disasters.

Challenge Printing Regional Director Chad Sasso reminisced about the company's history in Lee County and also thanked Ellmers for her support of the manufacturing plant. 

“We were struck by the perseverance of the people of Lee County,” Sasso said. “You are the core of Challenge Printing.”