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Letter to the editor: HJR 3 sends wrong message to current, prospective employees

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:51 am

I have found Fort Wayne to be a good place to own and operate my manufacturing company, Pyromation Inc. The city, county and state have provided an infrastructure, legal climate and educational environment allowing me, my management team and our employees to build a successful growing company.

In retaining customers and attracting new ones, one of the important factors is how they feel about Pyromation, how they feel about our brand. As you know, manufacturing is competitive. HJR 3 and the image it casts on the state of Indiana is a negative one. That image hurts Pyromation's image.

Pyromation competes successfully against low-cost competitors located in India, China, Mexico and Poland. We also compete successfully against companies who have access to equal and sometimes better technology in the European economic community. We need every advantage we can create or the state of Indiana can provide to continue to be successful.

In order for Pyromation to be successful and continue to increase the number of jobs we provide in Indiana, we need to have the best employees possible.

Recruiting and retaining talent is something we work hard at and take seriously. HJR 3 is sending a message to some of our current employees and some of our future employees. That message is they are not as welcome as others and will not be treated equally in the state of Indiana.

HJR 3 and the movement to deny protections hinders our ability to be competitive. HJR 3 and any attempt to move it forward is bad for business and is bad for Indiana.

Please urge your legislators to vote “no” on this harmful bill.

Pete Wilson