Minnesota flagpole firm moving to South Dakota

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 27, 2012 - 9:09 PM

American Engineered Products says it can save money by moving to a neighboring state.

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donotbugmeSep. 27, 12 9:37 AM

Cool! They dump 8 Minnesota employees and hire 15 SD employees with the same money. Everybody wins! Oops...

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timandtiaSep. 27, 12 9:41 AM

Okay MN, this is a "clasic" case on why a company moves out of our state. Can't blame outsourcing for this - maybe we should blame Gov. Dayton/Democrats for this (can't blame Romney). We Minnesotans, must get out tax codes/laws into a competative stature - not just competing with other States, but also with other countries. Let's get moving on this..

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drmyeyesSep. 27, 1212:18 PM

Not only will they save money but they will expand. It looks like Dayton did his job again by driving another business out of MN. Is everyone happy now?

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mnmonkeyboySep. 27, 12 1:46 PM

Why is this Dayton's fault? Taxes have not risen since he took office. They are the same taxes as uner T-Paw.

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mnmonkeyboySep. 27, 12 1:48 PM

Truth be told eventually this company will move to China or India where not only are taxes lower, but so are wages. Taxes in the USA could be zero and it will still be cheaper to outsource. This will be a zero sum game for our country.

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mnmonkeyboySep. 27, 12 1:49 PM

If SD is so great why does MN have 20 fortune 500 companies while SD has none?

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drmyeyesSep. 27, 12 2:12 PM

"Why is this Dayton's fault? Taxes have not risen since he took office. They are the same taxes as under T-Paw". --- You must not listen to Dayton. Words mean things. Dayton has never worked a real job. Dayton has never employed anyone. Dayton despises people that own businesses. Dayton thinks they should all pay more - he can't raise taxes because we have the GOP controlling the MN house and senate.

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drmyeyesSep. 27, 12 2:28 PM

"If SD is so great why does MN have 20 fortune 500 companies while SD has none?"

Uhmmmm.... Lake Superior, the Mississippi and other rivers for transportation, the proximity to Chicago, the natural resources that caused people to settle here? Why do you suppose people started companies that grew to be fortune 500 companies in areas where transportation, shipping and natural resources were abundant?

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chazzboSep. 27, 12 3:40 PM

These are nice blue collar jobs and it's too bad when any company leaves for any reason, but let's have some perspective here. This is a small metal shop employing 8 people that indicates it "plans" to hire about twice that many while lowering its monthly operating costs. Even at marginally lower South Dakota wages and lower taxes, you don't double your workforce and reduce your operating costs. That tells me there's some sweetness or some stink not being reported here.

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martiankingSep. 27, 1211:50 PM

Unless you really have your head in the sand, everyone knows that these businesses move because they are given sweetheart deals. The costs for moving a company are huge. You need to train new employees, which isn't cheap. Like the previous poster said, these jobs are going overseas in a few years anyways when the owner sells it, or to lower costs more. One last thing, the people who live in the Elko are must be wondering about the livability of their neighborhoods, when they hear it's not a good place to have a family? Must be news to them. Sounds like the guy was just looking for an excuse to move.

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