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Broomall's Romney Rally Puts The Iron Shop On The Map

The Cohen family, owners of The Iron Shop, debrief of Mitt Romney's visit to their spiral staircase manufacturing plant on April 4.

BROOMALL–Although Mitt Romney visited in Broomall a few years ago, for the republican presidential hopeful put the local spiral staircase manufacturing company on the map.

From , it wasn't a shabby night for the Broomall manufacturing plant.

"It could only help the business," said Samuel Cohen, co-owner of The Iron Shop, about all the publicity and the decision to have Romney's rally at their shop.

When Romney came to visit The Iron Shop in 2008, it wasn't technically part of the original plan. According to brother Allen Cohen, the family received word that Sarah Palin was to make her stop at the shop but canceled. But the republican committee promised to bring someone else to their shop.

It was then Romney was chosen to swing by for an informal "town hall" type of talk on his stance on the Employee Free Choice Act. Unlike that first time when Romney came, Allen shared that this time around they were more free to openly discuss his visit to the public.

However, that's not to say the Cohen brothers found out about Romney's visit months in advance. According to Allen, they were given the notice of Romney's visit on Monday at noon.

"We basically had 48 hours to get this thing together," said Allen. "But it's exciting. This is a big deal. He could be president sometime."

Allen shared he will be voting for Romney in the Pennsylvania Primary Election on April 24.

"He really impressed me when he came here in 2009," said Allen. "He just gets it. He's really business-friendly."

The Iron Shop may be a good luck charm for some politicians. So far, the shop is 3-0 for the number of political candidates who came to visit their shop and won their elections. Some of the past politicians who came through and won their respective elections included Gov. Tom Corbett, Sen. Pat Toomey, and Rep. Pat Meehan (R-7).

Could Romney continue the shop's good-luck streak to 4-0 this year? "It's very possible," said Allen.

Romney, currently the GOP's frontrunner in the race for the presidential seat against President Barack Obama, faces former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Speaker of the House and U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul in the primaries.

Lucy Bennett (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I've driven past The Iron Shop many times on my way to Produce Junction, but never knew much about it. But when they said Romney was speaking at a staircase making place on Reed Road, I know where it must be.
Knute Robinson April 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Now I know that I would NEVER buy anything from the Iron Shop.;

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