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Rochester Top 100: Stay or go?

Have you ever considered moving your business out of the Rochester area? If so, what factors prompted you to consider relocating?

We get asked all the time to develop outside of New York State, but we have not pursued that yet. If we did pursue development outside New York State, we would consider it only because New York is so expensive to operate a business relative to almost every other state.
—Stephen Carl, Operation Brain Freeze LLC

No. In fact, we recently relocated our headquarters to downtown Rochester from its suburbs.
—Edward Leva, Wellington Steele & Associates Inc.

Not the business, just me, personally, to avoid state income tax, property tax (school tax), excise tax, sales tax, use tax … taxes!
—Richard Dorschel, The Dorschel Automotive Group

Yes. In 2012, we had a serious consideration to move to areas (with) more business-friendly cities like Austin, Texas; North Carolina; and Tampa, Fla. The state taxes are high, and no incentives (are) given for business that do well.
—Sameer Penakalapati, Avani Technology Solutions Inc.

Yes, the financial impact alone of moving one state over in any direction would result in huge savings. If I were able to replicate my infrastructure, it would result in a really difficult decision that would need to be made.
—Christian Curts, Christian Flooring

Yes, recently in fact. A number of states have offered us generous incentives to relocate, which cannot be ignored, as we must constantly consider what is best for our stakeholders.
—Steve Pear, cheribundi Inc.

We have considered other locations for tax incentives and availability of a qualified workforce.
—Leo Linder, Emerge

Yes. The high cost of doing business and a burdensome regulatory environment make New York a difficult place to grow.
—James Taylor, Taylor, the Builders

Yes—overall NYS taxes, climate.
—Mark Matheson, Distributed Technology Group

Not seriously.
—Mark Gibson, Xelic Inc.

Yes, we have locations in other states that are much friendlier to business.
—Michael Nuccitelli, Parlec Inc.

Never considered a move.
—James Gould, Alesco Advisors LLC

Largest operations in Wisconsin and Iowa. Lower taxes, more business-friendly and centrally located.
—Peter Schottland, American Packaging Corp.

Never seriously considered moving.
—Mark Fultz, Abtex Corp.

Yes. Taxes and poor weather.
—Michael Linehan, Premier Laser Spa

Yes, but only to surrounding counties as I have a larger plant in Leroy, and sales offices in Seneca Falls and Buffalo.
—Claude Wright, Wright Beverage Distributing

No, but we have expanded and continue to grow throughout New York in order to grow our business.
—James Spitz Jr., Harris Beach PLLC

Yes; factors were taxes and potential client prospects.
—Nick Bhatia, New York Technology Partners Inc.

Absolutely not. Among other things, the relatively low costs of operating our kind of business in Upstate New York provides a continuing competitive advantage that we would be very reluctant to sacrifice by locating anywhere else.
—Donna Shultz, Mirror Show Management

Yes. Extremely high cost of living due to state mandates imposed upon local schools and counties. Excessive entitlement programs incentivize unemployment and discourage personal achievement.
—Charlie Cook, Liberty Pumps Inc.

Yes. Business tax burdens, cost of living and weather.
—William Hurley, Rochester Precision Optics LLC

We continue to evaluate the challenges of New York State. The logic and consequence of, for example, increasing minimum wage for specific industries, labor law 240, small employer stop-loss insurance purchase prohibition… These are examples of what seem to be a growing anti-business, anti-job creation environment in NYS.
—Mark Davitt, ConServe

We are looking to have remote offices as we have “saturated” our Rochester-area market.
—Ann Kowal, Special Care Systems LLC

Yes, I have considered relocating primarily around New York State regulations and taxes.
—Eric Elwell, 2TouchPOS – Xenios LLC

—Robert Titus, Innovative Solutions Ltd.

Yes. The high tax rate and the shortage of skilled staff in certain areas.
—Randy Henderson, Henderson Ford

We don’t plan to move our headquarters from the Rochester area, but we do plan to keep expanding our firm outside of the region.
—Thomas Bonadio, The Bonadio Group

No. We have expanded operations into other markets while creating more jobs in Rochester to support that growth.
—Rafael Vidal, ProNexus LLC

10/30/15 (c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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