Governor preps for South America junket

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, beset at home by a growing list of popular politicians who want to take his job, is heading to Rio de Janeiro and Santiago de Chile to try to promote Pennsylvania business down there.

Officials of Easton medical-tubs maker Fluortek Inc., Jefferson County mining-locomotive maker Brookville Equipment, Drexel University and other Pa. enterprises, will join Corbett at investment seminars, public-official meetings and other events. They'll arrive in Sao Paolo, Brazil's largest city, on April 7, meet with local officials, Pennsylvania tourism promoters and Brazil "investment prospects." visit a Volvo plant and a Pennsylvania college graduates' reunion, then talk to energy producers in Rio de Janeiro.

In Chile they'll meet with President Sebastian Pinera and his mining, farm and foreign secretaries, visit the Port of Valparaiso (which ships a lot of grapes to the Delaware River ports), hold a Pennsylvana exports promotion event, and sign a Memo of Understanding with the Santiago Chamber of Commerce, flying back to the U.S. on April 16.  

Trip sponsors include the Barnes Foundation, which operates an art museum in Philadlephia; Philadelphia-based cafeteria operator Aramark; Brazilian chemical maker Braskem, whose U.S. arm is based in Phialdelphia; Unisys, the Blue Bell software maker; Santander, the Spanish bank that owns the former Sovereign Bank and affiliates in Brazil; the Greater Philadlephia Tourism Marketing Corp.; the Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors' Bureau; the Jones Day law firm; and others.