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Costs and font size shut down a small CA manufacturer

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 20, 2015

More than 50 percent of California's manufacturers are small, with 10 employees or less. Small manufacturers are the pride of their communities, deeply valued for their economic support, for their job and advancement opportunities, and often for their innovation in creating specific niche products.

This is a story of a small manufacturer in Chico with 15 employees that is closing its doors after 40 years. CMTA met Woof & Poof's owner, Roger Hart, this year at a North State "Grow Manufacturing" event. As usual with small manufacturers we first heard about their deep concern for their employees who had worked there so long. We then heard about the company's arduous efforts to stay open because of a totality of California costs and an ongoing struggle with the state regarding tag font size on their decorative pillows.

This example should serve as one of many prompts for our state leaders to do everything they can to provide a competitve operating environment for manufacturers large and small. 

Here is the intro in the Chico News & Review and a link to their full article:

So long to a Chico institution

Woof & Poof owner announces décor manufacturer will be shutting its doors.

First it was the increase in employee health insurance costs. Then came the bump in California's minimum wage. Add in a seemingly nonsensical citation from the state's Department of Consumer Affairs and it became clear that the challenges were just too overwhelming for Woof & Poof, a 40-year-old Chico institution, to continue.

CEO and owner Roger Hart, his wife, Sabrina, and sister Linda Gonzalez took over ownership of Woof & Poof, which currently employs 15, 2 1/2 years ago after the passing of founder Jacki Headley in 2012. Headley started the business in 1975, and since then, Woof & Poof's stuffed Santas, decorative pillows and household décor have developed a fan-following with nationwide distribution in 600 stores ... READ FULL CHICO NEWS & REVIEW ARTICLE HERE





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