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Capito tours Quad, weighs in on Iraq and local projects

August 28, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With Congress in recess until after Labor Day, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito met with local elected leaders Monday at her office in Martinsburg and toured Quad/Graphics, one of Berkeley County's largest employers.

"Just checkin' in," Capito said of the appointments during lawmakers' summer district work period, which began on Aug. 6.

From the Morgan County Courthouse project to the W.Va. 9 expansion, the extension of Martinsburg's Raleigh Street and Inwood's stormwater problems, Capito said she is made well aware of the region's needs.

"There's no shortage of need," Capito said.

Capito announced that $500,000 for the Raleigh Street project in July had passed the House of Representatives, along with $100,000 for James Rumsey Technical Institute and $250,000 for Jefferson County law enforcement and emergency responders to better communicate with one another.

"We got to keep workin' it, 'cause it's not all the way through," Capito said.

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Though increased scrutiny of such earmarks was needed, Capito said a consequence also has been a cut in the amount of projects and the amount of money awarded for them.

She also acknowledged the war in Iraq and global fight against terrorism has been "very expensive."

"It's a matter of priorities," Capito said.

As for the war in Iraq, Capito said she is waiting to hear Army Gen. David Petraeus report to Congress on efforts to stabilize the war-torn country next month, before weighing in on the next step in the campaign there. Capito said she met with Petraeus, the top general in Iraq, about two weeks ago.

"I want our troops home - everybody does," Capito said.

While touring Quad/Graphics' in-house medical clinic, Capito said she was convinced the company's investment could be duplicated elsewhere and urged plant officials to help spread the cost-savings concept.

"This is great. This is much more comprehensive than I thought," Capito said.

Upon entering the clinic's minor procedure room, Capito almost immediately noticed the company's devotion to art on display throughout the 5,100-square-foot clinic.

Plant manager Pam Rostagno said she is still trying to educate employees on all of the clinic's many services, such as physical examinations for athletics. Next month, the facility will start offering services 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. two days a week to improve accessibility, she said.

"I'm really excited about being able to do flu shots here," Rostagno said.

The clinic opened May 1 and was prompted by the plant's employment growth, Rostagno said.

In addition to the minor procedure room, the Quad/Med clinic at the Martinsburg plant has five exam rooms, a nurse's triage area, laboratory, an 850-square-foot injury rehabilitation facility, counseling offices and a special waiting area for children with a play area.

Quad/Med is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quad/Graphics. More than 900 people are employed at the Martinsburg plant at 855 Caperton Blvd. off W.Va. 9.

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