Governor Quinn, the jobs governor, will lose 1000 jobs in Alton, Illinois. Olin Corporation, manufacturer of Winchester Ammunition, has announced plans to eventually move to its Centerfire operations to Mississippi. Aside from the jobs lost, the state and local governments will be losing various forms of tax revenue the plant and its employees generated.
|Olin riding hard and fast out of Illinois|
Olin moved part of its operations to Mississippi in 2004. Mississippi offered better incentives than Illinois at the time, and it is offering them now. Plus, Mississippi is a right to work state. Olin does not have to deal with unions and Illinois draconian labor regulations and enforcement there. They will build a 500,000 sq. foot plant.
The final straw came when the union representing employees refused new contract concessions. Pat Quinn, being the union governor, did nothing to assist in the negotiations. He could have stepped in and saved the 1000 jobs. He could have and should have used his office and the power of the governor to save a manufacturing plant in Illinois and save the jobs. His cowardice in the face of a union cost Illinois.
Quinn and others did offer incentives for the company to stay, but they were too little, too late, and the union burden too much.
In a few years 1000 people will be out of work. Another factory and its surrounding property will be vacant. Another state will benefit from the failure and folly that is Illinois.