COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A company is taking 100 jobs out of Southwest Florida because of a recent decision by the local government.
Last week, Collier commissioners refused to let taxpayers vote on the $130 million Jackson Labs project after local company Arthrex offered to foot the $300 thousand referendum bill. Commissioner Tom Henning voted for the referendum.
"It clearly says to us there's another agenda and its not about job creation and investing taxpayer dollars," said Reinhold Schmieding, Founder and President of Arthrex.
Now Schmieding tells Wink instead of bringing 100 more jobs into Collier he'll take them elsewhere.
"We have tremendous incentives from other areas looking for a company like Arthrex to expand in their areas and there's very little support in the community," said Schmieding.
Arthrex is an industry leader in orthopaedic sports medicine. They designed, developed and introduced 700 new medical devices in 2009 alone. They've been in Collier since 1991 and employ 1,000 workers.
Schmieding says says he feels obligated to voice his frustration and the frustration of his employees.
"We were bypassed completely in this dialogue and really have no voice," said Schmieding.
Arthrex says they won't contact commissioners again, but hopes they change their mind about the referendum.