Engineering jobs to CA, manufacturing jobs to NV

Russ Steele

I just wrote about Dell opening a new research center in Santa Clara, hiring 700, most engineers.  Just as I posted that story this story showed up in my e-mail box from a regular reader.

 RENO — Frank Dutra didn’t quite make any promises Wednesday morning that he would expand his precision manufacturing company into the Carson City area — but did make it clear he’d prefer that to expanding its home in California.

His company, Advanced Machining Techniques, makes parts for airplane ejection seats and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, among other projects. It rests at 49 employees now, Dutra said, because adding a 50th would incur “financial penalties” from the state of California.  

Details in the Nevada Appeal Democrat. The article concludes:

 But in the end, one thing is clear: Employee No. 50 definitely won’t be in California.

 “Hiring the 50th doesn’t make sense (in California),” he said after his speech. “So (looking to move here) was a logical choice.” 

 Manufacturing generates more tax revenues for local governments, whereas engineering research centers are not great tax revenue generators. Research center products are intellectual and while that property is valuable, it is not taxable.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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