West Virginia Republican Governor candidate Bill Maloney made a tour of the Zigenfelder Ice Cream Company plant, stumping for votes. He views the company as a success story for Wheeling. Maloney saw how the company makes the "Budget Saver" line of freeze pops sold across the nation.
"Small businesses all across our state are what we need to help. And, it's great to see the team here, and them doing so well, I mean it's really amazing," he said after his tour. The company has made steady expansion in the past decade, and now employs about 150 people in downtown Wheeling.
Plant officials invited Maloney to attempt packing their product into 18-count bags. He agreed, as a good sport. It proved trickier than Maloney thought.
"I tried doing that packaging in there, I tell you, that's tricky. I can't imagine doing that all day. It's quite a feat," Maloney said. He said doing a job like that renews his appreciation of the hourly worker.
"I've been on drill rigs my whole life, and there's always little gimmicks and just sit there, and just figure out how to push that thing into that bag, it took me a little while," he continued. "I think I packed 20 in an 18 a couple times, don't tell -- sorry, Lisa. It's amazing," Maloney said with a laugh.
For the record, current incumbent Democrat West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin did not attempt to pack freeze pops on a previous visit to the plant.