The Richmond Register

August 26, 2013

Richmond plant CEO to testify at congressional hearing

Topic is health care reform's effect on employment

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The chief executive of a Madison County manufacturing plant is scheduled to testify today at a congressional field hearing on health care reform in Lexington.

John McPhearson of Lectrodryer will be joining several other area business, industry and nonprofit leaders on one of the two panels, according to an announcement from U.S. Reps. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, and Brett Guthrie, R-Second District.

The hearing, titled “Health Care Challenges Facing Kentucky’s Workers and Job Creators,” starts at 10 a.m. in the Farish Theater of the Lexington Public Library’s central branch, 140 E. Main St. A live webcast of the field hearing will be featured at www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

The hearing is being conducted by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee.

Barr and Gurthrie both serve on the committee. The field hearing “will provide Committee members the opportunity to learn how the health care law is affecting Kentucky families and workplaces,” according to a news release from Barr’s office.

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Third District, who serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will be attending the field hearing.

Lectrodryer is the largest manufacturer of liquid dryers in this hemisphere and is the principle supplier to chemical processing plants and oil refineries, the release stated. McPhearson and his partner acquired control of the plant in 2001 after working for Lectrodryer for 12 years.

McPhearson is slated to appear on the second panel. Also testifying on that panel will be:

• Janey Moores, president and CEO of BJM & Associates, Lexington.

• Donnie Meadows, vice president of human resources, K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., Abingdon, Va.

• Debbie Basham, Southwest Breast Cancer Awareness Group, Louisville.

The first panel will feature testimonies from the following people:
• Tim Kanaly, owner and president of Gary Force Honda, Bowling Green.

• Joe Bologna, owner Joe Bologna’s Italian Pizzeria & Restaurant, Lexington.

• Carrie Banahan, executive director of the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange, Frankfort.

• John Humkey, president, Employee Benefit Associates Inc., Lexington.

For more details about the field hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

Editor's Note: Coverage of the congressional field hearing on health care and the workforce will be featured in Wednesday’s edition of the Richmond Register and at www.richmondregister.com