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Allegan Countys Largest Employer
The county's largest employer, generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Perrigo Inc., has actively campaigned against it. The company deferred questions to board member and former chairman and C
"The economic impact that is favorable within a couple of miles is very unfavorable within a 50-mile radius, particularly to manufacturing jobs that require quality," said Jandernoa, also a board member of area manufacturers Steelcase, ADAC Plastics and Cascade
Anecdotally, Jandernoa said that proximity to gaming facilities creates a negative impact on absenteeism, tardiness and other personnel issues related to bankruptcy and divorce. There is no readily available data to support this.
A recent 10-year study by
The most notable disparity was the difference in population increase. Casino counties increased at a rate four times that of the average state county — 19.3 percent vs. 5.6 percent — but neighboring counties increased by a much larger degree, 79.1 percent.
Absenteeism was not among the areas tracked by study.
"A lot of companies don't like to talk about it, but you definitely see it in the
"Our senior executives (at Perrigo) are very concerned. It's a global world, and not every country has such an intense concentration of casinos. None of the provinces in
Jandernoa suggested that the introduction of casino gambling to the state was a contributing factor to the collapse of the automotive industry.
"I'm not saying it's the only reason, but it's an additional factor," he said. "You don't have to be an economic specialist to see some of these correlations."
The clearinghouse for lobbying efforts against the casino, 23 is