Hormel opens Dubuque plant

Hormel Foods Corp. officially opens its new $80 million plant in Dubuque, Iowa Tuesday - the first plant the company has built from the ground up in more than a decade. Full Story
Heaven

Shakopee, MN

#1 Mar 29, 2010
Why Dubuque you ask?

Its because of the oppressive commercial tax policy in the State of Minnesota. Thank you DFL.
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 29, 2010
It's people like you that want to turn everything into a politicial venue, truly pathetic. I guess on the flip side of the coin we should mention how much of a tightwad the Hormel corporation has become. I guess with your way of thinking we should pay them to stay here in MN. Companies today are nothing more than large scale consumers, they shop around for the best deal on property and tax packages. Then they use it to their advantage until they find a better deal and move on, leaving behind an empty building and people out of work. Please do we need to get down on our kness and ask them to stay, I don't think so.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 29, 2010
Another Ninnesota business leaving for IOWA this time. Maybe Fat Marge and Looney Larry should come up with a plan to contunue to tax people and businesses after they leave Minnesota.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Mar 29, 2010
Jason wrote:
It's people like you that want to turn everything into a politicial venue, truly pathetic. I guess on the flip side of the coin we should mention how much of a tightwad the Hormel corporation has become. I guess with your way of thinking we should pay them to stay here in MN. Companies today are nothing more than large scale consumers, they shop around for the best deal on property and tax packages. Then they use it to their advantage until they find a better deal and move on, leaving behind an empty building and people out of work. Please do we need to get down on our kness and ask them to stay, I don't think so.
You sir are a Rick-Head! Spare me the moralizing over Hormel. It was a DFL Governor Perpich who brought in the National Guard and broke the P-9. Maybe one day we'll use the National Guard to bust the real organized crime, AFSCME, Education Minnesota and MAPE.
Tooner

United States

#6 Mar 29, 2010
Dubuque will soon be Iowa's Willmar!
Ghost Writer

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Mar 29, 2010
Considering the state's fiscal affairs, the state's near default economic status, the state's inane and spurious political climate, and the state's policies for keeping business healthy, it's no wonder Hormel built this new plant in Iowa.

You can spew all the vitriolic nonsensical blame and diatribe you want for there is plenty to go around. But the truth of the matter is we are all guilty of letting opportunities pass us by from the Governor on down. All the political hot-air expounded and political nitpicking serves no purpose when there is no definitive direction to proceed in these troubled economic times.

Where are the Minnesota leaders to put this state on economic and social equilibrium? When they are found or show themselves will there have the chutzpah and courage to put Minnesota on the map of "go-to" places for business, tourism, and quality living?

Hormel's plant opening in Iowa, for whatever business reason, is a sign of the times. Minnesota and its citizens need to pull together for a common cause and the public good. Otherwise, the MN business climate and our personal economic situations will only get worse.

As evident from the many posts on these TwinCities.com threads we are mad as hell and don't want to take it anymore but no one has come forward with cogent ideas how to correct our plights. What have we Minnesotans done to keep our hometown businesses and corporation here in MN today?
bill majors

United States

#8 Mar 29, 2010
I wonder if they will hire any americans or just illegals
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 29, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
<quoted text> You sir are a Rick-Head! Spare me the moralizing over Hormel. It was a DFL Governor Perpich who brought in the National Guard and broke the P-9. Maybe one day we'll use the National Guard to bust the real organized crime, AFSCME, Education Minnesota and MAPE.
The only part that you got right in that statement was calling me Sir, I'm sorry but I have my own business and I don't expect the state to make concessions for me, to many companies expect to get all kinds of tax breaks and kickbacks from the government on the federal, state, and local levels. Maybe you should look up Lund Industries, they worked out a multi-year tax free deal with the city of Anoka. They built at facility and when it came time for the deadline to expire on the tax free status then they up and left the city hanging in the breeze. SO don't preach to me how businesses don't get any help from the government. You can blame Democrats all you want but I have news for you, unions have been busted during Rpublican administrations as well. The biggest problem this country has is "career" politicians. If you honestly think that any one of them stays true to their "party" then you are insane. They stay true to whatever lobbyist is lining their pocket that week.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Mar 29, 2010
Jason wrote:
<quoted text>
The only part that you got right in that statement was calling me Sir, I'm sorry but I have my own business and I don't expect the state to make concessions for me, to many companies expect to get all kinds of tax breaks and kickbacks from the government on the federal, state, and local levels. Maybe you should look up Lund Industries, they worked out a multi-year tax free deal with the city of Anoka. They built at facility and when it came time for the deadline to expire on the tax free status then they up and left the city hanging in the breeze. SO don't preach to me how businesses don't get any help from the government. You can blame Democrats all you want but I have news for you, unions have been busted during Rpublican administrations as well. The biggest problem this country has is "career" politicians. If you honestly think that any one of them stays true to their "party" then you are insane. They stay true to whatever lobbyist is lining their pocket that week.
It's not about government incentives, Dueschus! It IS about confiscatory tax policies. In case you've been on Mars that last 6 years, Gov. Pawlenty has a JOBZ program that provides grants to upstarts. It's not enough! There will never be an off-set to this state's rate of taxation. Oh, and FYI, I don't believe for a New York minute that you're a small business owner. More likely a member of AFSCME palying with a computer at tax payer expense.
PeeNine

Shakopee, MN

#11 Mar 29, 2010
Heaven wrote:
Why Dubuque you ask?
Its because of the oppressive commercial tax policy in the State of Minnesota. Thank you DFL.
I'd take a rating of "spam" as a compliment on this thread.

So Jason - are you denying that Perpich sent in the guard which ultimately caused the union to break?

Do you think commercial properties are under taxed in MN?
PeeNine

Shakopee, MN

#12 Mar 29, 2010
Jason wrote:
It's people like you that want to turn everything into a politicial venue, truly pathetic. I guess on the flip side of the coin we should mention how much of a tightwad the Hormel corporation has become. I guess with your way of thinking we should pay them to stay here in MN. Companies today are nothing more than large scale consumers, they shop around for the best deal on property and tax packages. Then they use it to their advantage until they find a better deal and move on, leaving behind an empty building and people out of work. Please do we need to get down on our kness and ask them to stay, I don't think so.
$80 million dollar facility to "move on". You're dellusional.
Dick

Fort Myers, FL

#13 Mar 29, 2010
Well, if ALL they wanted to do was save some money they would have gone to SD where there is no state tax. But then they would have had to ship all the cows north. That gets expensive too. But MN surely could use about 200 more jobs.
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Mar 29, 2010
Freedom Lover wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not about government incentives, Dueschus! It IS about confiscatory tax policies. In case you've been on Mars that last 6 years, Gov. Pawlenty has a JOBZ program that provides grants to upstarts. It's not enough! There will never be an off-set to this state's rate of taxation. Oh, and FYI, I don't believe for a New York minute that you're a small business owner. More likely a member of AFSCME palying with a computer at tax payer expense.
From what I am seeing on here is that if people don't have the same views as you, then all you can do is resort to name calling and trying to insult people and what they do. Oh nad FYIsince you want to make your "assumptions" I have been a small business owenr for 12 years and I'm "using" not "playing" on a computer I built. Please don't let your ego skew the truth.
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Mar 29, 2010
PeeNine wrote:
<quoted text>
I'd take a rating of "spam" as a compliment on this thread.
So Jason - are you denying that Perpich sent in the guard which ultimately caused the union to break?
Do you think commercial properties are under taxed in MN?
I never denied anything you said about the union earlier so why would I now? I have nothing against the union and was a member of Teamster locals 120, and 974. As for the tax rate for commercial property in Minnesota, in a perfect world nobody wants to pay any taxes. Unfortunately if we choose to live here we also make ourselves subject to whatever taxes are in effect. Yes the commercial tax rate is a bit high, but it is also not as high as other areas I have seen. Someone mentioned in a tantrum of a reply yo me earlier, that Pawlenty implemented his programs and it still isn't enough. The 2 major points I was making in this whole discussion where 1) The "Republicans" are not the cure all for everything, and 2) Free enterprise is free enterprise, and if you don't like tax rates in a certain area then you go somewhere else. That is the nature of the beast, sorry that I don't feel the government should always be enticing big business to one state or another. It's just coming down to a bidding war between states and eventually what will happen is they will have to drop tax levels so low that it puts everyone further into the red. All of this in an effort to keep large companies around, It's a nasty cycle that needs to be stopped and no "Super Republican" is going to fix it. You mention busting union lines, what they should have done years ago is bust the party lines.
Tooner

United States

#16 Mar 29, 2010
Hormel's upset because they didn't get the hotdog contract at Target Field!
Juan MXcain

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Mar 29, 2010
hopefully the jobs go to Americans and not illegals.

Meat plants love hring crimaliens.Hormel's done it before.
Jason

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Mar 29, 2010
Juan MXcain wrote:
hopefully the jobs go to Americans and not illegals.
Meat plants love hring crimaliens.Hormel's done it before.
They still do I ship things out of there all the time
THINK AGAIN

Waunakee, WI

#19 Mar 30, 2010
Jason wrote:
It's people like you that want to turn everything into a politicial venue, truly pathetic. I guess on the flip side of the coin we should mention how much of a tightwad the Hormel corporation has become. I guess with your way of thinking we should pay them to stay here in MN. Companies today are nothing more than large scale consumers, they shop around for the best deal on property and tax packages. Then they use it to their advantage until they find a better deal and move on, leaving behind an empty building and people out of work. Please do we need to get down on our kness and ask them to stay, I don't think so.
Eau Claire Wisconsin built a state of the art production facility for Hutchinson Technology. This was suppoese to employ 1800 workers. I think the maximum amount of employees has been half that. Now Hutchinson is bringing in "trainees" from another country so when they leave Eau Claire for this other country they will already have a trained workforce. It is very doubtful if even 30% of the cost of the building, loans, and costs of additional infrastructure have been paid back to the people of Eau Claire. This is just another money grab by big business with the hapless taxpayer left holding the bag. Also the building, because of all the volatil toxic chemicals used there, is worn out and contaminated. It will probably be the next Superfund site. The workers are just about ready to start showing the symptoms of their exposure to these chemicals, so it is time for Hutchinson to go. These sick workers will be another cost for the public to bear, all the while the stockholders and the company have had a fat bottum line!!!!
Dubuquer

Mishawaka, IN

#20 Jan 21, 2011
Great. We need jobs

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