Following is the source material submitted by Sen. Jim Buck to the Perspective to demonstrate the number of companies that have refused to locate to Indiana due to a lack of a Right to Work law.
Note that this is not a "list," as Buck claimed existed. Rather, it is a compilation of quotes from site selectors and consultants. Very few actual businesses are listed at any point. In fact, only three businesses are named by the site selectors as preferring Right to Work states.
Quotes on Right to Work
"Nearly 100 percent of McCallum Sweeney Consulting's manufacturing clients have expressed a preference for operating a non-union facility. The primary reason given for this is workforce flexibility which allows companies to compete more effectively, and in a more timely manner, to opportunities in their highly competitive global markets. Another reason identified are the higher costs associated with union operations based on a combination of somewhat higher wages, plus the higher number of employees generally needed to staff a union operation versus a non-union operation. Of these clients ... 50 percent to as many as 75 percent express an interest in considering only Right to Work states."
-- Mark Sweeny, McCallum Sweeney Consulting, Greenville, SC (testimony before Interim Study Committee on Employment, 10/16/2011)
"I have worked in the past with both Hyundai and Daimler, and they both were only looking for Right to Work states. These were $1B projects."
-- Betty McIntosh, Cushman Wakefield, Atlanta, Ga. (10/7/2011)
"Please let there be no doubt, if Indiana were to become a Right to Work state, the state's interested prospect level would increase significantly by companies directly, and by consulting firms such as J.M. Mullis ... and the state would then be even better positioned over its contiguous competing states of Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois."
-- J. Michael Mullis, J.M. Mullis Inc., Memphis, Tenn. (Letter to Sen. Boots, 11/17/2011)
"I can tell you from professional experience that Indiana has missed multiple project opportunities that represented thousands of high-paying jobs and billions of dollars in capital investments because my clients specified 'Right to Work states only.'"
-- David Brandon, Site Selection Group LLC, Dallas, Texas (Letter to Sen. Boots, 10/14/2011)
"It is not uncommon that clients eliminate states that do not have Right to Work status because of a perception that operations will be less productive in non-Right to Work states."
-- Mark Williams, Strategic Development Group Inc., Columbia, SC (Letter to Kevin Brinegar, 10/17/2011)
"... It is our job to eliminate locations from consideration based upon different project criteria in order to move the process forward quickly for our clients. If Indiana becomes a Right to Work state, it is clear, through my experiences in site selection, that the state will get more opportunities to win manufacturing and distribution projects, and grow its economy."
-- Larry Gigerich, Ginovus, Indianapolis (Letter to Sen. Boots, 10/6/2011)
"Quality of life is less relevant ... when talking about manufacturing and industrial operations. In that segment, I think that the Right to Work issue is very compelling. Perception is reality, and there is a certain grouping of executives that tend to have the mindset that (lack of a Right to Work law) is a deal-breaker."
-- Katie Culp, Cassidy Turley, Indianapolis (testimony before Interim Study Committee on Employment, 7/26/2011)
"In Indiana we are ready to swing for the fences, but we shouldn't have to step into the batter's box with one strike against us. As a business and a community leader in our state, I assure you that you will have my ardent support as you work to pass Right to Work legislation in 2012."
-- Keith Busse, Steel Dynamics, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Letter to Bosma and Long, 10/27/2011)
"(Remy) is in the process right now of making some site selections for additional manufacturing capacity, specifically to make hybrid traction motors. Right now we are down to four final sites. If we look at the states that are left, Indiana is one of them ... and the other three states are Kentucky, Tennessee and Oklahoma. Right to Work does score against Indiana. I heard a question asked, 'Would a company stand up (and speak to this issue)?' Well, I'm one."
Jay Pittos, Remy Inc., Pendleton, Ind. (testimony before Interim Study Committee on Employment, 10/16/2011)
"We support legislation that recognizes the constitutional principle of freedom of association, which also includes the freedom not to associate. It is not fair to assume that union interests and workers interests are always in alignment ... (I) urge you and your colleagues to support passage of Right to Work legislation."
-- Bob Taylor, Do It Best Corp., Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Letter to Sen. Boots, 10/5/2011)
"Right to Work was No. 1 for Kia."
-- Fred Garver, manager of mechanical contracts during the 2007-2009 construction of Kia's West Point, Ga., facility (The Grand Rapids Press, 9/12/2010)
"If a company wants to avoid labor unions, it closes up and moves to the South. Like R.H. Donnelley, the printing company, moving from Chicago to Dallas ... or Gates Rubber moving from Denver to Tennessee."
--Cynthia Fukami, University of Denver's Daniels College of Business (Dailyfinance.com, 2/23/2011)