“Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear,” said Arizona Gov Doug Docey before he dropped the hammer.
It seems Nike caved to one Colin Kaepernick, who complained about our founding flag designed by Betsy Ross, so the Arizona Governor is pulling state incentives for a Nike plant. Look, America is not a perfect place by any stretch, but this is getting ridiculous.
Ducey continued: Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike.”
“Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.”
“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.
It is a shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, not abandoning it,” the Arizona Governor continued.
“Nike has made its decision, and now we’re making ours. I’ve ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars under their discretion that the State was providing for the company to locate here.
“Arizona’s economy is doing just fine without Nike. We don’t need to suck up to companies that consciously denigrate our nation’s history.”
“And finally, it shouldn’t take a controversy over a shoe for our kids to know who Betsy Ross is. A founding mother. Her story should be taught in all American schools. In the meantime, it’s worth googling her,” he added.
Nike plans to open a multi million-dollar manufacturing plant on metro Phoenix’s west side after the Goodyear City Council unanimously signed off on an agreement Monday.
The plant will be Nike’s third manufacturing facility in the U.S., according to Lalit Monteiro, Nike vice president of Air Manufacturing Innovation.
Within five years of opening, the deal with the city shows Nike will:
Have at least 505 full-time manufacturing jobs in Goodyear.
Have an average salary of $48,514 per year, including overtime and bonuses.
Pay at least 65% of employee health-care premiums.
Invest at least $184.5 million in improvements to an existing building in the city.
“We are delighted to welcome Nike to Goodyear,” Councilwoman Wally Campbell said. “We look forward to a long-lasting relationship.”