Companies Fleeing California

Californian's leaving the state to find good paying jobs.

Inquiring minds are reading with interest an article in Nevada News & Views showing how California companies are fleeing the state to go to Utah.

Computer software giant Adobe, computer game monster EA Games, and Internet auction king ebay are abandoning California to set up shop in Utah. Why? California’s horrid business climate and high taxes.

Adobe Systems, maker of a suite of graphics programs such as Adobe PDF, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, have announced that they are building a $100 million facility in either Salt Lake City or in nearby Utah County, Utah. The facility will bring thousands of jobs to Utah over the next few decades.

In May the Internet auction company ebay also announced a major new facility to be built in Salt Lake City. The $287 million data center will also bring hundreds of new jobs to the Bee Hive State.

Not to be forgotten, games maker Electronic Arts opened its new facility in July in Salt Lake City where around 100 employees are already at work.

But do not make the mistake that this just started happening. This exodus has been going on for a decade:

There has been a steady flow of businesses out of California for the better part of a decade. As California’s political morass worsens, as its budget woes increase, and as her politicians are proven incapable of making the hard budgetary decisions to take power from unions and chop unnecessarily lavish social programs, the state’s jobs are bleeding out. California is an a freefall the end of which is still unseen.

Want to see a list of companies? Sit down…this is ugly:

Abraxis Health, Adobr Systems, Inc. Alza Corp., American AVK, American Racing, Apple Computer Audix Corporation, Apria Healthcare Group, Assurant Inc., Barefoot Motors Bazz Houston Co., Beckman Coulter, Bild Industries Inc., Bill Miller Engineering, Ltd. BMC Select , BPI Labs, Buck Knives, CalPortland Cement California Casualty Group, CalStar Products Inc., Checks To-Go, Chivaroli & Associates CoreSite, A Carlyle Company, Creel Printing , Dassault Falcon DaVita Inc. , Denny’s Corp., Digital Domain, Ditech DuPont Fabros Technology, ebay, Inc., EDMO Distributors, Inc. Edwards Lifesciences, Electronic Arts, Inc., EMRISE Corp., Facebook FallLine Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, First American Corp., Fluor Corp. Foxconn Electronics, Fuel System Solutions, Gregg Industries, Hewlett-Packard Hilton Hotels Corp., Hino Motor Manufacturing USA, Intel Corporation, Intuit of Mountain View J.C. Penney , Kimmie Candy Co., Klaussner Home Furnishings, Knight Protective Industries Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc., LCF Enterprises, Lennox Hearth Products Inc., Lyn-Tron, Inc. Mariah Power, Maxwell America, Miasolé, MotorVac Technologies Nissan North America, Northrop Grumman, One2Believe, Patmont Motor Werks, Inc. Paragon Relocation Resources, Pixel Magic, Plastic Model Engineering, Inc. Precor, Premier Inc., Pro Cal of South Gate, Race Track Chaplaincy of Amer., Red Truck Fire & Safety Co. SAIC, Scale Computing, Schott Solar Inc., SimpleTech Smiley Industries, Solaicx, SolarWorld, Special Devices Inc. StarKist , Stasis Engineering, Stata Corp., Tapmatic Teledesic, Telmar Network Technology Inc., Terremark, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Toyota, True Games Interactive Inc., TTM Technologies, US Press shifted, USAA Insurance, Yahoo. And many more

Utah not only has much lower taxes and fewer regulations, it is a right-to-work state.

Time to wake up California.


8 Responses

  1. My brother-in-law lives in Southern California, and has lived there all his life.

    He says, “There are no opportunities here any more.”

    He’s working part time; his wife lost her job.

    They plan to flee California — IF they can unload their house. They can’t make the mortgage payment now.

  2. In 1991 I lived in Monterey. I was listening to a talk show on KGO out of San Francisco. They were discussing the depressed job market then too. A caller called in, he was a contractor who was in the process of moving to another state. He gave a long list of the reasons most of which related to state red tape and state environmental enforcement. The Talk show host said “who cares if you go California has too many people anyway”. The contractor replied, “yes but the people coming into California need welfare and the people leaving were the ones providing jobs”. The talk show host didn’t get it then and I’m betting he still doesn’t understand.

  3. Here’s a consuting company that helps companies relocate:

    The Business Relocation Coach

    “Fox Business News Appearance Today Sparked by Report of 144 Companies ‘Shrinking’ From California

    Unless California reduces its hostility toward business, we will see more commercial enterprises seeking friendlier locations in which to relocate entirely or at least place facilities there that used to be located here.”

    California Business Exodus Now Triple Last Year’s Rate
    “The real exodus is incalculable because so many are carried out without public notice. I think that for every one that becomes public knowledge, another dozen or more occur.

    The top states gaining our businesses since January 2009 show Texas in the top spot, followed by Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia and Utah.”

  4. I only see one problem with this…most of these companies are “tech” companies and when I lived in the SillyClone Valley most tech company employees were overwhelmingly liberal/leftist. So these companies will move out of CA to Nevada or Utah to escape the anti-business climate of California and their techno-trendy leftist workforces will follow them, change the voting patterns of those states to reflect that of California, and you will end up with the same problem all over again.

    • This is exactly what has happened to Colorado. I don’t know whether it has to do with tech business moving here, but it definitely has something to do with the massive influx of Californians. They have already significantly changed the voting base of CO to the point that it is no longer a red state in the matter of a few elections.

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