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Consul General of the United States in Plaisance


On the morning of Friday, February 18, the Consul General of the United States in Milan, Robert Needham, visited the headquarters of Confindustria Piacenza. Receiver President Francesco Rolleri was accompanied by Consul Needham Brett Dvorak, Political and Economic Vice Consul of the Consulate General of the United States, and Alba Ferreri, Economic Advisor to the Consulate.

The main theme of the meeting is the link between Piacenza companies and the United States. Consul Robert Needham deepened his knowledge of the industries in the province of Piacenza that interact more with the United States of America, as well as the companies in Piacenza owned by American capital. Also at the heart of the exchange, the impact of the pandemic on the industrial fabric of Piacenza and the evolution of relations between the two markets over the last two years marked by the Covid and marked by exceptional circumstances.

“It is a great honor to be able to receive the visit of Consul Needham, affirming the close link between the industrial fabric of our province and the United States”, the words of President Rollieri who was honored with the director Luca Groppi and Julia Silva, responsible for internationalization. “The United States has always been one of Piacenza’s reference partners for exports, where the products of our engineering and food companies are particularly appreciated and exported. We discussed with profit the means of helping our companies in such a key market for us as the United States of America, favoring the development of contacts and the creation of opportunities for reciprocal exchanges, for the benefit of the Consul and his associates. He assured us of the greatest support.

Consul General Robert Needham said: “I am delighted to have met Francesco Rolleri, President of Confindustria Piacenza, to talk about Piacenza’s business sector and how we can support local businesses interested in growing in the American market. Robert Needham took office at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan on October 2, 2020.

At the end of the meeting with Confindustria Piacenza, Mr. Needham was welcomed to the municipality by Mayor Patrizia Barbieri for the first enlightened meeting, which was an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics of common interest, including how the city and its fabric economy are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. .

Continue the day with a suggestive visit to Piazza Cavalli, located not far from the famous Palazzo Farnese, the jewel of Piacenza. After touring the city, Consul General Needham stopped at Amazon’s distribution center in Castel San Giovanni. Accompanied by Site Manager Dr. Fabio Procopio and Regional Director of Operations Tariq Rajal, the Consul General paid a short tour of Amazon’s sprawling distribution center before returning to headquarters in Milan.

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to visit Plaisance and am grateful to Mayor Barbieri and Governor Lobo for the fruitful conversations we had,” said Consul General Needham. The United States and Plaisance have significant economic ties and common interests. For this, I had the pleasure of meeting the president of Confindustria Piacenza Franco Rolleri and the director Luca Groppi and being able to visit the distribution center of Amazon, where I could see the extent of their operations. I am ready to seize any opportunity to strengthen our relations with Plaisance and its region.