Manufacturing costs to be studiedEmployees of Mack Truck, Ethan Allen, Celanese Acetate, Johnson & Johnson, Lear Corp., Dan River, Tultex, Spring Ford Industries, National Textiles, Buster Brown, Natalie Knitting Mills, American of Martinsville, Virginia Glove, Virginia House Furniture, Lea Industries, ArvinMeritor, Alcoa Wheels, Rowe Furniture, VF Knitwear, Vaughan Furniture, Webb Furniture, Burlington Industries, Renfro, Hooker Furniture, Bristol Compressors, Stanley Furniture, Dana Corporation, Thomasville Furniture, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Bassett Furniture Industries, and Pulaski Furniture were unavailable for comment. They are all up north looking for gainful employment.
Survey will ask companies how much it costs to follow regulations
By John Reid Blackwell, Richmond Times-Dispatch
State lawmakers want to know how much it costs manufacturing companies to do business in Virginia.
The General Assembly's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission is surveying manufacturing companies to find out how much it costs to comply with state and federal regulations.
The study could lead to legislation that would change some compliance requirements.
"We know intuitively that there is exorbitant over- head cost for our industry," said Brett Vassey, [Virginia Manufacturers Assn.] president and chief executive. (link)
Executives for those same companies were also unavailable. They're doing deals in Honduras and Indonesia and Ireland and China, where the costs of doing business are much lower and government regulation is far less prohibitive.