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You Can’t Fix Stupid – Employers Leaving California

Posted by James Burns | Sep 22, 2019

As a California business and support for other businesses it is sad to see the mass migration of businesses who can longer afford to stay here in California even after years of operations or founding the company in California. Not since the Jews left Egypt has there been such a mass exodus of people running from the tyrannical clutches of a government out of whack and if the wrong gubernatorial candidate gets in (we don't have much to work with) it will be hell on earth.


  1. Abraxis Health, a unit  of Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience Inc, opened a new plant that  will create 200 jobs in 2010 — in Phoenix.  This follows the  company's Phoenixexpansions that occurred in 2007 and  2008.
  2. Alza Corp. In 2007  eliminated about 600 jobs in drug R&D while also exiting its  Mountain View, Calif., HQ.  At the time the company said that  its 1,200-person Vacaville facility will continue to operate.   But the Vacaville Reporter on Oct. 23, 2009 revealed that the plant  is being offered for sale by J&J, its parent company.  It's  unclear if more layoffs are in the facility's  future.
  3. American AVK, a producer  of fire hydrants and other water-related  products, moved from  Fresno to Minden, Nevada.
  4. American Racing moved  its auto-wheel production to Mexico, ending most of its 47-year  operation in California.
  5. Apple Computer has  expanded in other states, most recently with a $1 billion facility  planned for North Carolina.
  6. Audix Corporation  relocated from Redwood City, Calif., and to accommodate growth moved  to a 78,000-square-foot facility in Wilson,  Oregon.
  7. Apria Healthcare Group  of Lake Forest is shifting jobs from California to Overland Park,  Kansas, a K.C. Suburb.
  8. Assurant Inc. Cut 325  jobs in Orange County and consolidated positions in Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina.
  9. Automobile Club of  Southern California placed 1,100 jobs in  Texas.
  10. Barefoot Motors, a small  “green” manufacturer, moved from Sonoma and will grow inAshland,  Oregon.
  11. Bazz Houston Co.,  Located in Garden Grove, has slowly been building a workforce of  about 35 people in Tijuana.  In early 2010 the company  said it expects to move more jobs toMexico, citing cost and  regulatory difficulties in Southern  California.
  12. Beckman Coulter, a  biomedical test equipment manufacturer headquartered in Brea,  relocated part of its Palo Alto facilities to Indianapolis, Indiana,  two years ago.  In early 2010, it's making a  multimillion-dollar investment to expand and create up to 100 new  jobs inIndiana.  The company said the area offers a “favorable business environment and lower total cost of operations, plus a  local work force with strong skills in both engineering and  manufacturing.”
  13. Bild Industries Inc.,  which specializes in business news, directories and market reports,  moved to Post Falls, Idaho, from Van Nuys, a part of the San  Fernando Valley in Los  Angeles.
  14. Bill Miller Engineering,  Ltd., suffering under the “hostile business climate” in  Californiaand Los Angeles County, moved from Harbor City to Carson  City, Nevada.
  15. BMC Select has conducted  an unusual relocation.  The company, which had shifted its  headquarters from Idaho to San Francisco, relocated its H.Q. Back to  Boise in January 2010.  The building materials distributor said  that regaining its footing in Boise retained access to high-quality  employees while reducing wage and occupancy  costs.
  16. BPI Labs, which  formulates, manufactures, and fills personal care products for the  health and beauty industry, relocated from Sacramento to   Evanston, Wyoming, a move the company's owner called “very  successful . . .  It felt good and weï¿?ve never looked  back.
  17. Buck Knives after 62  years in San Diego moved to Post Falls,  Idaho.
  18. CalPortland Cement has  announced in late 2009 closure of its Riverside County plant because  of new environmental regulations from a state law (AB 32).  The  company's CEO wrote, “A cement plant cannot be picked up and moved,  but the  next new plant probably wonï¿?t be built in California  meaning more good, high paying manufacturing jobs will be lost to  Nevada or China or  somewhere.”
  19. California Casualty  Group left San Mateo for Colorado, cutting operating costs to remain  competitive.
  20. CalStar Products Inc.,  headquartered in Newark, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay Area, in  January 2010 was awarded $2.44 million in federal clean energy tax  credits.  The company said in the future it expects to build  additional plants in the Mississippi Valley and the East  Coast.  In late 2009 CalStar opened a plant in Caledonia,  Wisconsin.
  21. Checks-To-Go moved to  Utah where workers' comp rates helped make the troubled company  healthier.
  22. Chivaroli &  Associates, a healthcare-related insurance service based in Westlake  Village,Calif., moved a regional office to Spokane,  Washington.
  23. CoreSite, A Carlyle  Company, is delaying a Santa Clara project while it expands its data  center in Reston, Virginia.
  24. Creators Syndicate may  flee L.A. because it operates like a Banana  Republic.
  25. Creel Printing Left  Costa Mesa for Las Vegas and So Cal loses 60 more  jobs.
  26. Dassault Falcon looked  at building an aircraft services facility in Riverside County but  instead located in Reno.
  27. DaVita Inc., moved its  HQ from Los Angeles to Denver; expects to see millions of dollars in  savings over time.
  28. Denny's Corp., the  large restaurant chain once had its headquarters in La Mirada,  later in Irvine, Calif, and then moved to Spartanburg, South  Carolina.  In fairness, I note the move occurred in the early  1990's.  However it's noteworthy because the company was  founded in California and its growth over time created HQ jobs in  another state.
  29. Digital Domain, the  Academy-Award-winning visual effects studio based in Venice, Calif,  placed new studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Port   St. Lucie, Florida, which combined will have about 500  employees.  The facilities will allow the company to reduce  costs while continuing to deliver cutting-edge  work.
  30. Ditech, headquartered in  Costa Mesa, announced in January 2010 a 269-job cut and is moving  most activities to the GMAC Financial Services (parent company)  headquarters in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.  In 2007, Ditech  relocated some workers from Costa Mesa toPhoenix.  A once  robust Costa Mesa facility employing hundreds will be down to 20 or  30 workers.
  31. DuPont Fabros Technology  suspended a $270 million Santa Clara data center project in favor of  one in Ashburn, Virginia.
  32. eBay, based in San Jose,  will create 450 jobs in Draper, Utah, in a new $334 million  operations, customer support and data  center.
  33. EDMO Distributors, Inc.,  a world-wide wholesaler of aircraft avionics, test equipment, and  pilot supplies, moved its HQ from Valencia, Calif., to Spokane  Valley, Wash.  Since, it has built a larger headquarters in the  city's  Mirabeau Point community complex.
  34. Edwards Lifesciences  based in Irvine will expand with 1,000 employees not in California but in Draper, Utah.
  35. EMRISE Corp. completed  its HQ move from Rancho Cucamonga to Eatontown, NJ, in May  2009.  The company said the move “will result in additional  annualized cost savings of approximately $1 million and facilitate  improvements in operating efficiency”. . . . The cost savings  associated with relocating our corporate headquarters will start  immediately. . . The aggregate total of these expense reductions  will increase our profitability and cash flow in this and succeeding  years and, over time, substantially improve our ability to further  reduce our long term debt.
  36. Facebook, based in Palo  Alto, will expand in a major way in Oregon by locating a custom data  center in Prineville.  It will be a 147,000-square-foot  facility costing $180 million and will employ 200 workers during  construction and another 35 full-time once operating in  2011.
  37. FallLine Corporation  Left Huntington Beach, where they were being “hammered” with  multiple governmental regulatory fees, for Reno,  Nevada.
  38. Fidelity National  Financial left Santa Barbara for Florida, spurred by California's  “oppressive” business environment.
  39. First American Corp.,  based in Santa Ana, will open a call center in March 2010 not in  California but in Phoenix, where it expects to employ about 400  people within two years.
  40. Fluor Corp. moved its  global headquarters from Aliso Viejo to Irving, Texas, with about  100 employees asked to relocate while the company planned to hire  the same number there.  In 2006, when Fluor moved into its new  headquarters building, a company statement said: “The official  dedication had a decidedly Texas theme” as a horseshoe was raised on  the building, a time-honored Texas  tradition.
  41. Foxconn Electronics, a  large contract electronics maker, moved some of its Fullerton operations to Dallas.
  42. Fox Family moved its  farming operations to Cookeville, TN.  All employees moved with  the firm.
  43. Fuel System Solutions  moved its headquarters from Santa Ana to New  York.
  44. Gregg Industries, owned  by Neenah Enterprises Inc., in Wisconsin, closed a 300-employee  foundry in El Monte foundry under pressure from the South Coast Air  Quality Management District to make $5 million in upgrades.   The  company didnï¿?t want to make the investment in the  difficult economic climate so it decided instead to leave the  state.
  45. Helix Wind Inc. may move  its research and development, engineering, and testing departments  from San Diego to “more supportive”  Oregon.
  46. Hewlett-Packard, HQ'd in  Palo Alto, at various times has moved jobs to Tennessee and  Texas.
  47. Hilton Hotels Corp. in  2009 is moving from its longtime corporate H.Q. in Beverly Hills to  a new office in Tysons Corner,  Virginia.
  48. Hino Motor Manufacturing  USA moved from California to Williamstown, West Virginia, in 2007,  where it now employs about 100 workers. The company has growth plans  to “Raise Hino's presence from medium-heavy/heavy-duty trucks to all  ranges of trucks” and an aggressive program to improve fuel economy  and emissions.  The company builds trucks under its own brand  and also manufactures Toyota-branded vehicles.
  49. Intel Corporation, HQ in Santa Clara, has chosen to expand operations in neighboring  states
  50. Intuit of Mountain View  created a customer support office (110 people) not in Californiabut  in Colorado because of lower operating  costs.
  51. Intuit placed a data  center near Quincy, Washington.
  52. Intuit also located  Innovative Merchant Solutions LLC in Las Vegas as part of a $1.8  million investment in Nevada.
  53. J.C. Penney closed it  Sacramento call center and moved the work to five out-of-state  centers.
  54. Kimmie Candy Co., a  manufacturer that was started in 1999, moved from Sacramento to  Nevada in 2005.  “I really don't have a lot of regrets about  moving up to Reno,” said owner Joe Dutra.
  55. Klaussner Home  Furnishings in closing its La Mirada manufacturing  plant will  maintain its NC and Iowa  operations.
  56. Knight Protective  Industries moved to Oregon “where 4-day work weeks were permitted by  the state” and wanted by the employees.
  57. Kulicke & Soffa  Industries Inc. announced in February 2010 that it is  closing  its Irvineplant, laying off 56 people, and will shift the work to  Malaysia and Singapore. The facility had been owned by Orthodyne  Electronics  Corp., which Kulicke & Soffa bought in 2008.
  58. LCF Enterprises, which  makes specialized high-end amplifiers used by researchers, medical  professionals and others, moved from Camarillo, Calif., to Post  Falls, Idaho.
  59. Lennox Hearth Products  Inc., in Orange, Calif., will lay off 71 workers and by March 2010  will transfer the jobs to Nashville and Union City, Tennessee, “to  reduce costs and increase operating  efficiencies.”
  60. Lyn-Tron, Inc., a  supplier of electronic hardware, moved from Los Angeles to Spokane,  Wash.  Their website has a rather California(ish)  statement:  “Our commitment is to maintain a manufacturing  environment that is progressive and safe, where our employees are  able to achieve their personal objectives, thereby adding to their  quality of life and to the community in which they  live.”
  61. Mariah Power, a “green”  manufacturer of small wind turbines, moved from California toNevada  and in 2009 teamed up with another company to begin production in  Manistee,Michigan.
  62. Maxwell America, a  boating equipment maker, in February 2010 closed its Santa Ana offices and moved them to Hanover, Md.  One reason given was  the  indirect impact ofCalifornia environmental regulations.  A company official said  over the years many  Californiaboat builders relocated to the Midwest and East where  they don't face the same restrictions.
  63. MiaSolé, based in the  Silicon Valley, was reported in January 2010 to be planning a  500,000-square-foot plant, which could be one of the largest solar  factories in the United States. The location is not near its  in Santa Clara headquarters but in the Atlanta, Georgia, area where  its workforce eventually could exceed 1,000. The news came one  week after MiaSolé received $101.8 million in federal tax  credits.
  64. MotorVac Technologies  announced in February 2010 that it's leaving Santa Ana forOntario,  Canada.  MotorVac's CEO said he “really fought hard  to keep MotorVac here, but unfortunately the numbers didnï¿?t  support it.  “The move cuts costs because it's new owner,  UView, has its own plant with excess capacity in Canada.  And  the general cost of doing business in California is much more  expensive.
  65. Nissan North America  moved its Los Angeles headquarters to Nashville,  Tenn.
  66. Northrop Grumman by 2011  will relocate its Los Angeles H.Q. to the Washington, DCmetro  area.  It's the last major aerospace company to leave Southern  California, the birthplace of the aerospace  industry.
  67. One2Believe, a specialty  religious-toy maker, left California for East Aurora, New  York.
  68. Patmont Motor Werks,  Inc., (GoPed manufacturer), after being hit by California regulators  for hundreds of thousands of dollars in small fines even though his  company has a stellar safety record, moved to  Nevada.
  69. Paragon Relocation  Resources moved from Rancho Santa Margarita to Irving,  Texas.
  70. Pixel Magic,  headquartered in Toluca Lake, Calif., (Los Angeles metro area), is  locating a studio in Lafayette, Louisiana, where it will create 40  new jobs between 2010 and 2013.  The company, which provides  digital effects for motion pictures and television, said the  Louisianapeople they were in contact with have an immediate  understanding of technology and data  handling.
  71. Plastic Model  Engineering, Inc., a custom plastic injection molder and mold  manufacturer, moved from Sylmar, Calif., to the “Inland Northwest,”  notably Post Falls,Idaho.
  72. Precor will stop  manufacturing fitness machines in California and re-open in North  Carolina.
  73. Premier Inc.,the largest  healthcare alliance in the nation, will move its HQ from San Diego  to Charlotte, involving an investment of $17.7 million and adding  300 jobs in North Carolina.  The announcement was made Oct. 14,  2009.
  74. Pro Cal of South Gate,  in Los Angeles County, a unit of Myers  Industries, expanded  itsSparks, Nev., operations to become the companyï¿?s primary  West Coast production and distribution facility.  Pro Cal is  a  plastics  manufacturer of nursery containers and a big  recycler.
  75. Race Track Chaplaincy of  America started 2010 by shifting its headquarters from Los Angeles  to Lexington, Kentucky.  The non-profit group said it had  wanted to relocate from the Hollywood Park Race Track for several  reasons, one of which is the significant cost of doing business on  the West Coast.
  76. Red Truck Fire &  Safety Company left Fresno for Minden, Nevada in 2007 because of  Californiaï¿?s myriad fees and regulations that meant “death by  thousand cuts.”
  77. SAIC will move its  headquarters east, from San Diego to McLean, Virgina, which the  Washington Post called “Another Coup for Area.”  The  announcement was made Sept. 24, 2009; it is unclear how many  employees will move east in 2009 and  2010.
  78. Scale Computing, a  data-storage developer and manufacturer, is leaving Silicon Valley  for Indiana.
  79. Schott Solar Inc. will  close its sales and customer service office in Roseville and will  relocate the office to Albuquerque,  NM.
  80. SimpleTech transferred  its manufacturing work from Santa Ana to Asia more than a year  ago.
  81. Smiley Industries, an  aerospace manufacturer, moved to Phoenix, where productivity  improved.
  82. Solaicx, based in the  Silicon Valley, said in early 2010 that it will expand its  manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon.  Solaicx received  $18.2 million in federal tax credits as part of Washington's efforts  to advance green energy.
  83. SolarWorld, a maker of  solar technology founded in Camarillo, consolidated manufacturing in  Oregon after that state offered property tax abatement and business  energy tax credits. The company will employ about  1,000 in Oregon by 2011
  84. Special Devices Inc.,  brought 250 jobs to Mesa, Arizona, from Moorpark,  Calif.
  85. StarKist headquarters is  leaving San Francisco for Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pelosi's Husband's  Company)
  86. Stasis Engineering moved  from Sonoma County to West Virginia, a “friendlier business  climate.”
  87. Stata Corp., which  specializes in data analysis and statistical software, moved from  Santa Monica, California to College Station,  Texas.
  88. Tapmatic, a metalworking  firm whose owners were “fed up with the onerous business  environment,” moved from Orange County, California to Post Falls in  northern Idaho.
  89. Teledesic moved to  Washington state in anticipation of better capital  gains.
  90. Telmar Network  Technology Inc., moved from Irvine to Plano, Texas, consolidating  some 150 workers there.
  91. Terremark postponed a  Santa Clara project earlier this year to invest $50 million in a  Culpeper, Va., project.
  92. Terumo Cardiovascular  Systems is moving R&D from Orange County to Ann Arbor,Michigan,  involving 65 jobs and $3.5 million in  investments.
  93. Toyota will stop making  cars in Fremont, will idle 4,700 workers, and move work toCanada  and San Antonio, Texas.
  94. True Games Interactive  Inc., will its H.Q. from Irvine to Austin, Texas, where it expects  to have about 60 workers by the middle of  2010.
  95. TTM Technologies will  leave L.A. & Hayward and move to other states and China to  achieve big cost savings.
  96. Twentieth Century Props  of L.A. has gone out of business as film-making has moved to  lower-cost states
  97. <> moved from the  San Francisco Bay Area to Reno, a loss for California in that the  company is a leader in web-based patient education content and shows  strong growth.  The company was named 2007 Innovator of the  Year by a Northern publication and the company's founder and  received a media and Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network 20 Under  40 award and was selected as a 20/20 Business Visionary by Nevada  Business Magazine.
  98. US Airways is realigning  operations and California is no longer considered part of its  “core.”  The airline is closing its John Wayne Airport  maintenance station and in early 2010 will redistribute the  mechanics across its system.
  99. US Press shifted work  from Los Angeles and San Diego to Portland, “where union rules were  almost rational.”
  100. USAA Insurance closed  its 625-person Sacramento campus in favor of other  states.
  101. Yahoo opened a data  center in Quincy, Washington, a community that now hopes to land  high-tech manufacturing.

The list will grow as  Sacramento considers more measures that will increase corporate  taxes, increase workers' comp costs, increase regulatory reporting  requirements (along with higher fines for minor infractions),  increase gasoline and diesel-fuel taxes, increase water rates,  increase electric-power rates, and increase assorted fees that will  cause services to become more  expensive.

Eventually the great golden state will be the highest with unemployment unless they inspire entrepenurism but we know they just tax the heck out of them. The unemployment rate will skyrocket as we are taxed the highest in the union for sales tax on goods and services and basic needs and then the Health Care Reform Act kicks in to put a bite in your profits. The rest of the country just does not understand what it costs for a decent lifestyle in California and in particular Southern California. When i ran the numbers in 2004 a family of 3 needed a minimum of $150,000 just to get by and to be really comfortable you needed closer to $200,000 and then they'll just tax the living out of you. YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!!  SO VOTE CAUTIOUSLY IF CALIFORNIA IS TO SURVIVE.

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James Burns

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