After a company spends thousands of dollars relocating to another city are there regrets? Possibly.
But officials of two companies that moved to Utah are glad to be here, and one of them is so pleased he wants to kidnap his employees and take them to California to show others how dedicated workers really perform.These two economic development success stories were related during an economic development seminar held by the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks in Little America.
Larry Burke, general manager of Discover Card Services Inc., said he was involved in the process of selecting a site for a new operations center. The company considered work-force quality, tax structure and other laws, quality of life and availability of workers. The company moved to Sandy.
Discover Card was looking for a population area between 200,000 and one million, Burke said, and he also was impressed by the availability of buildings and the ability to travel from one area to another quickly.
Since Discover Card has located in Utah, about 100 people daily apply for jobs, and he considers the 9 percent turnover rate acceptable. "The move has met and exceeded our goals," he said.
Roger Carver, national service representative of Standard Communications, said he wasn't involved in his company's decision to relocate a customer service and repair operation and was flabbergasted when told he would be moving to Utah.
"I envisioned a dead lake and desert," Carver said, but once in Utah he was overwhelmed by the response from the people he interviewed.
Carver said his company couldn't pay wages high enough to compete with aerospace firms in California. He also was impressed with the people he interviewed because they were company oriented and many said they wanted to retire with Standard Communications.
Now, Standard Communications officials are talking about bringing other parts of their operation to Utah, and Carver said there is a chance the headquarters could be moved to the state.