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Perspective: The fall of Illinois manufacturing

By Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute for the Chicago Tribune

Apr 11, 2016

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When Marty Flaska moved his forklift-manufacturing business to Illinois 18 years ago, he didn't think to look at the cost of operating in other states. In 2014, out of curiosity, his son ran the numbers.

"I didn't believe him," said the elder Flaska. His son told him that a short drive east would save the business $2 million a year.

Thus began the journey of Hoist Liftruck to greener pastures in Indiana; a move that resulted from policy mistakes that have made the Land of Lincoln a laggard state when it comes to forging well-paying manufacturing jobs.

Read the full commentary at chicagotribune.com