Video: Neil’s story
posted at 8:45 am on June 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
How does the current administration’s top-down economics planning impact job creation? Meet Neil Whitman, president of Dunhill Staffing Services in South Carolina, as he explains exactly how regulatory uncertainty plays into decisions to open new positions in this new video from American Job Creators, a new House GOP project. Neil also tells the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exactly what happens when government agencies like the NLRB intervene to disrupt business expansion:
Neil testified to the Oversight Committee about NLRB’s attack against Boeing’s move to his business region:
The announcement on October 28, 2009 that Boeing had picked Charleston for their new assembly plant was the best economic news in a long while. We knew immediately this was a game changer for our area and offered great potential for my small business. I learned that Boeing was committed to utilizing local resources and that it gave generously to their communities. All of this proved to be true. After a numerous meetings and negotiation, my company was added to Boeing’s list of national contract labor suppliers and now we get to compete for their business every single day. To handle this additional volume of work I’ve added a full time account manager who focuses exclusively on Boeing’s staffing needs. The jobs we fill all pay well above the local average and provide an entry point for people to join Boeing as regular full time employees. Since being approved as a Boeing supplier we have placed over 100 employees with them here in Charleston and my revenue has grown 295%. This is counter to the current job market which, as recent news has indicated, continues to be very difficult. If not for this Boeing business my small business would be very different.
Mine is not the only small business that’s felt the positive impact of Boeing’s presence in Charleston. Recently I had a conversation with an engineer from a local geotechnical engineering firm who told me that without Boeing they’d be out of business. I have no doubt there are many such stories to be told here in Charleston. If Boeing is forced to shutdown their Charleston operations it would mean the loss of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in an economy that is barely recovering from the recession. I don’t know if the small business I created over ten years ago and hope to pass on to my daughter would survive.
And this is what business creators see from this administration:
When I first heard of this lawsuit I was more than a little concerned. Many of my friends and business colleagues wondered why our government would consider such an action which clearly seems to be an assault on our free enterprise system. Each and every day businesses large and small must make decisions about where to best invest their limited resources. That’s what I did eleven years ago when I decided to start my own small business. I did so after my research showed Charleston to be a good market. That decision proved to be a good one. Boeing did the same thing and decided to invest several hundred million dollars in our community. I believe they did so after carefully considering a multitude of factors including the positive labor climate in our state.
This lawsuit, by an agency of our federal government is, in my opinion, against all makes our that our economic system special. It will have negative consequences for future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders who must be able to locate their businesses without the threat of government intervention. The freedom to make these kind of decisions must be preserved.
If anyone still wonders why job creators have proven reluctant to invest in expansion, Neil gives a very succinct explanation in his testimony. They see a runaway federal government that wants to intervene arbitrarily in ways that threaten any sort of planning and investment in expansion merely to protect their political allies. Under these conditions, capital will stay on the sidelines and jobs will continue to disappear.