It really is a sign of the times. It seems that the migration of jobs out of Los Angeles and California in general continues. Our small business has experienced some of our Employees and Contractors moving from Orange County and Los Angeles to Charlotte North Carolina. We are in the business of designing and making custom draperies for a wide variety of Customers. We sell our Drapery throughout the US and Canada to Homeowners and Designers. We had a small niche which was selling Drapery to Television and Movie Production Companies and Set Designers in Los Angeles. We’ve been in this business for many years. About three years ago the Set Design potion of our business started a steady decrease in revenue. It’s not that Production Companies no longer needed drapery for their TV or Movie Sets but, those Sets and Productions were simply moving out of LA and California.
Where did all of the Production go? Well, a lot of it went to Canada where Production Crews are “Non-Union” and much less expensive than their Hollywood counterparts. We also saw a decent migration of the Productions that we made custom drapery for move to Charlotte. By moving to Charlotte, Production Companies were able to enjoy lower taxes and wages than LA and not have to manage with cross-border issues when going to Canada. Sadly for DrapeStyle, we actually had one of our very best Drapery Installers move to Charlotte from Orange County. Like the Entertainment Industry, Bill is now enjoying a much lower cost of living, lower taxes and better lifestyle than when he was here in Southern California. With so much TV Production moving to the Carolina’s we may end up opening a new drapery workroom there to support the industry. I can’t help but to think of the irony as so much of the drapery and textile world was born in North Carolina only to leave for places like Mexico and China. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bring many of those jobs back to that part of the Country?