The budget hemorrhaging in California continues as yet another major business has announced their plans to flee the state for the greener pastures of Texas.

Quality Custom Distribution is a major distributor to some of the nation’s largest food chains, including Starbuck, Chipotle and Chick-fil-A. They operate out of California in conjunction with Golden State Foods, but soon they’ll be leaving the Golden State for the Lonestar State. QCD has already leased spaced in Frisco, Texas and is scheduled to open operations in January of 2020, according to the publication Texas Hill Country.

Although the company anticipates that some of its employees will relocate from California to the Lone Star State, there are also plans in the works to “provide a variety of new jobs,” at this new North Texas office. Jobs in the finance department, customer service, purchasing, and accounting have already begun to be posted in Frisco.

The move comes in an effort to streamline the company’s operations. Leaving Irvine, California, for North Texas will better align Quality Custom Distribution with its business networks and supports the company’s customers and future distribution center market, according to Ryan Hammer, Golden State Foods Logistics President, as well as Corporate Vice President for Quality Custom Distribution. The new North Texas location means a large talent pool from which to draw employees, as well as a community atmosphere which is more business-friendly. Their existing distribution network consists of two Texas centers already in existence, one in Dallas and the other in San Antonio. There are also 12 manufacturing centers located in Burleson, Texas, that fall under the Golden State Foods umbrella. Quality Custom Distribution will be joining such other notable tenants in the Frisco office park as Jamba Juice, which also moved its headquarters from California in mid-2016.

“Business friendly” is code for “we’re tired of having to bend over for a thankless, wasteful, oppressive bureaucracy every April”. With this trend of corporate-flight gaining more and more speed every month it will only be a matter of time before the only industries supporting the insane California budget will be in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Perhaps when they start feeling the same kind of pinch the middle class has been experiencing they’ll finally throw up their hands and walk away from the state for good. Only then will we see any type of reform in how California treats the people who pay the bills.

Kira Davis
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