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Is New Jersey Driving Away Businesses?

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Parsippany, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Kent International is a Parsippany, New Jersey based bicycle company that is proud to announce that it is bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Unfortunately, they aren’t going to New Jersey, but instead to South Carolina.

CEO Arnold Kamler said that Kent’s manufacturing was based in New Jersey prior to moving it to China back in 1991. He said that it wasn’t always easy having that kind of work done in the Garden State.

“When we had our factory before, we stayed non-union, but it was a non-stop battle, every week it would be an effort to try to organize our workers. And I just was not about to invest the kind of money we were going to invest in this project and have that constant fear,” he explained

So when he decided to bring those jobs back to the United States, New Jersey really wasn’t an option.

“The math, it just was not making sense. It was too expensive to do here,” Kamler said.

Instead, Kamler is moving manufacturing to South Carolina, where the cost of real estate, along with a very business friendly climate fostered by Governor Nikki Haley helped make his decision.

“During the first meeting she takes out a piece of paper and writes down her cell phone number and says Arnold, we really want this project, if you need anything, call me,” Kamler recalled.

In fact, there is the “Ready SC training program”, where South Carolina will pay to train Kent’s future employees in the state and Kent is not required to hire anyone trained in the program if they feel a person isn’t a fit.

Kamler said that if New Jersey had a different business environment, he would have considered moving the manufacturing back to the Garden State.

“I would have taken a much, much stronger look at it,” he explained.


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