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February 9, 2013

Letter: Anderson not trending well in job creation

Most corporations work with a tool called a “Trend Report.” It’s a review of a company’s past performance to predict future results.

It appears the city of Anderson is not trending well in the area of job creation.

First, with $23 million in approved tax abatements and other concessions, Nestlé has produced 660 jobs. Then GTI was granted nearly $3.25 million in contributions to build a new 150,000-square-foot auto plant with the proposed creation of 325 jobs over three years. Now Keihin of North America is coming to town at a cost of $1.3 million while bringing zero jobs and 130 to 175 employees.

It appears with job development we are trending in the wrong direction. Next we will be importing people to take local government jobs.

Mr. Winkler, the head of the city’s economic development, said that in regard to the Keihin transfers, “the taxpayers should come out ahead $700,000 over a six-year period.” Maybe someone should tell Mr. Winkler about Anderson’s past success with long-term commitments. Some of us can still remember Magnequench.

Before we run out of money courting the manufacturing industry, let’s support the service industry. Government doesn’t seem able or willing to provide the services our taxes pay for. Let’s allow small business a crack at it. At least the numbers of jobs would trend in the right direction.

When it comes to courting manufacturing jobs, let’s face it, the soliciting of manufacturing jobs is a waste of time and resources. As Bobby Knight once put it, “The horse is dead, get off.”

Darrell Baylor  


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