First up was NCR, the famed, 125-year-old cash register company that moved its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio, to Duluth last June.
Then came Fischbein, which announced in July that Suwanee, not Cleveland, would be the site for a new production line.
Finally, earlier this month, aluminum can maker Novelis quit Cleveland and moved its North American headquarters to Buckhead.
For those keeping score: Atlanta 3, Ohio 0.
And that’s just in the last eight months.
Poaching business from the Rust Belt isn’t a new phenomenon. Midwest companies have been heading to the Sun Belt for decades to take advantage of balmy weather, tax breaks and non-union workers.
……While the loss of NCR, in particular, sticks in Ohio officials’ craws, they outwardly profess no strong animus toward business-stealing Atlanta.
“No one company moving from one place to another is a body blow,” Mark Barbash, chief economic development officer for the state of Ohio, said Monday. “Everybody looks at Ohio as the Rust Belt; we have to get rid of that impression. The whole national economy is in transition.”
The problem with that mindset is that the country as a whole needs manufacturing jobs to maintain a healthy economy. Corporations have outsourced to foreign countries for the same reason that NCR moved to Atlanta: a business-friendly environment. Companies provide employment and raise the standard of living in communities. That’s something the Dems can’t wrap their minds around without destroying the economy or their neighborhoods.