The Glendale Chamber of Commerce has responded to Nestle’s decision to leave, with chief executive Judee Kendall saying “We’re very disappointed to see them go. They’ve been great corporate neighbors and an important part of the city.”
Nestle, a large company known for its food and drink products, is tired of doing business in far-left California. They are packing their bags and heading thousands of miles away to Virginia.
Nestle USA made the official announcement that their headquarters will move from a Los Angeles suburb to Rosslyn, Virginia and is taking more than 1,200 jobs with it.
California is just an awful place to do business, and the Republican-led state legislature in Virginia put together together an incentive package that would make President Trump proud:
The $26-billion-a-year food conglomerate is discreet, of course, about its reasons, citing a desire to be closer to its core customers and other bland corporate pabulum. But the fact is, Nestle and its corporate brethren in California that actually make things are overtaxed and overregulated, and elected officials treat them not as honored members of the community but as rapacious pirates.
A Glendale official, for instance, blithely insisted Nestle’s departure was no big deal, but rather an “opportunity.” Some opportunity.
Though Nestle has offered jobs to their affected California employees in far-off places like Missouri, Ohio and Virginia, the city seems to think it will be able to fill their own Nestle job void by growing the high-tech job base.
“We just completed a study two weeks ago, which shows that we have more than 1,000 businesses in Glendale that are tech-focused,” said Darlene Sanchez, Glendale’s deputy director of community development. “We’d like to see some more co-working space that would cater to this burgeoning technology industry that has organically grown here.”
Meanwhile, Virginia pulled out all the stops to get Nestle to come, offering tax incentives worth some $16 million. Glendale says it didn’t even find out about the move until Wednesday. But there were signs it wanted to leave. Glendale did nothing, as far as we can tell.
Occidental Petroleum and Toyota have recently left California for Texas. The state has lost as much as $68 billion in capital to other states in recent years, due to their unfriendly anti-business laws.
The report in IBD notes that leaving California will save the company somewhere between 25 percent and 35 percent of their operating costs. With massive savings like that, it’s no wonder why so many companies want to leave California immediately.
Of course Nestle is quiet about their reasons for moving. But they should be applauded for improving their business and creating jobs in America elsewhere.
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