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Orange County Manufacturing Company Moves Headquarters and Jobs to Tennessee

Kaiser Aluminum, a 76-year-old manufacturing company that had been based in Orange County, this month moved its headquarters and 70 executives to suburban Nashville, Tennessee, the Orange County Business Journal reported April 25. As part of the relocation, the company is investing $3 million and creating 80 jobs in Williamson County, Tennessee, the newspaper reported. Plans for the move were announced last summer. Keith Harvey, the company’s chief executive officer, said at the time: “Williamson County provides the benefit of…

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CalTax Cosponsors Sales Tax Exemption Legislation to Spur Growth in Manufacturing

Assembly Member Tim Grayson introduced legislation February 10 to eliminate the sales tax on most purchases of manufacturing equipment – the “California Manufacturing Attraction and Development Exemption,” or “CA MADE.” The legislation, AB 1951, is cosponsored by CalTax and the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). “This legislation will help keep manufacturing jobs in California, and will have a ripple effect on other industries throughout the state,” CalTax President Robert Gutierrez said. “A more competitive tax structure helps everyone in…

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Green Tech Firm Moves HQ and R&D Center Out of California

Hyperion, a hydrogen-electric tech and transportation company, announced this week that it is relocating its headquarters from Southern California to Columbus, Ohio. “The tech company said the new facility will create 700 jobs,” Columbus television station WCMH reported February 1. The move is “part of a $297 million investment to accelerate production of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cells that are set to power a new line of stationary and mobile energy products,” H2 View reported February 2. “The company ……

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Bay Area Grocery Stores Closing Due to High Costs

West Sacramento-based Raley’s this week disclosed plans to close two of its Nob Hill Foods locations in the Bay Area, saying the stores’ sales couldn’t support rising rents. The Sacramento Business Journal reported that the closures of stores in Walnut Creek and San Ramon, expected to occur between March 15 and March 28, will impact a total of 94 workers. The company said the impacted employees are union employees, and all will be offered a role in the company in…

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Two California Firms Moving to Lower-Cost States

Two California-based companies announced this week that they are moving operations to states with lower costs. Review Wave, a tech company in Irvine, announced that it is moving to McKinney, Texas, later this month. The company produces automated software that allows patients to give reviews of their experiences with doctors and other health care providers, and to receive appointment reminders, online scheduling, and other services. Review Wave’s agreement with the McKinney Economic Development Corporation includes plans to create 73 tech…

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Major Culinary Event Moves From California to Nevada

The Specialty Food Association, which hosts an annual winter food show, announced this week that it is moving its three-day 2022 event from its traditional home at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Bill Lynch, president of the association, said: “We are excited to be partnering with a premier trade show destination like Las Vegas, which has been the leader in the return of in-person events.” The San Francisco Business Times reported September 22…

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Two More California Firms Move to Lower-Cost States

Two California-based companies announced this week that they are moving some or all of their operations to lower-cost states: real estate referral company Homelight is moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Scottsdale, Arizona, and knife manufacturer Cangshan Cutlery is leaving Chino for a new facility in Leander, Texas. The San Francisco Business Times reported August 24 that Scottsdale is now Homelight’s largest employment center, and the company also is expanding in Colorado. Homelight Chief Executive Officer Drew Uher said…

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Johnson & Johnson Moving Jobs Out of California

Johnson & Johnson is permanently closing a South San Francisco facility that houses several divisions and is relocating 73 jobs out of California, the San Francisco Business Times reported March 30. “The New Jersey consumer and pharmaceutical giant said it will offer relocation to all affected employees to Titusville, New Jersey, and those who do not opt to relocate will be laid off,” the Business Times stated. “The largest group of job relocations will occur at Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc.,…

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San Jose Mayor ‘Seriously Concerned’ About State’s Future

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said January 12 he is “seriously concerned” about California’s future because of the high costs of operating a business in this state. The mayor of the 10th-largest city in the United States said his concern stems from California-based companies deciding to put their fastest-growing business units elsewhere “because it is simply too expensive, too challenging, too much red tape to be growing here.” Liccardo made the comments during an online event hosted by Commercial Real…

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Oracle Moving Headquarters to Texas

Business software and services company Oracle is moving its corporate headquarters from the Silicon Valley area to Austin, Texas, to provide workers “with more flexibility about where and how they work,” the company said December 11. “Depending on their role, this means that many of our employees can choose their office location as well as continue to work from home part time or all the time,” Oracle said. The company opened a facility in Austin in 2018, but indicated that…

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