California is losing another 1,200 jobs as Nestle has made the announcement that they will be vacating the Golden State in favor of being closer to the nation’s capital.
Nestle would be moving their U.S. headquarters from Glendale to Arlington County in Virginia.
According to Investors Business Daily, Nestle will be transferring roughly 750 jobs to Virginia, and through consolidation, another few hundred more to Ohio and St. Louis.
The company made it clear that those who wished to retain their jobs would be welcome to make the cross-country move, but those who chose to stay, the company would assist them with finding a new job.
Though speculation has arisen that the move was made because of the unfriendly business environment that exists in California, Nestle has maintained that the move was purely logistical.
The company reported that 75% of its factories and 85% of its top customers are located in the eastern half of the U.S. and 80% of its products are sold east of the Mississippi River.
If the company is to be believed, California’s high taxes, numerous environmental regulations, and arbitrary mandates had nothing to do with the decision to move.
The city of Glendale has received the news that they would be losing 1,200 jobs better than expected, claiming that they are seeing it as an opportunity rather than a loss.
Darlene Sanchez, Glendale’s deputy director of community development, told the Daily News,
“We just completed a study two weeks ago, which shows that we have more than 1,000 businesses in Glendale that are tech-focused. We’d like to see some more co-working space that would cater to this burgeoning technology industry that has organically grown here.”
However, William W. Roberts, former director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, is less than optimistic about California’s ability to cater to an environment that is nourishing to businesses,
“I’ve been here for over 40 years and I’ve always heard about how unfair California is to businesses and how they are trying to improve that, but every year it’s the same thing. It’s not a place that attracts companies because it’s so hard to do business here.”