Richkus & Rusnak: Focus on Job and Business Growth Getting Results
Saturday, September 21, 2013 • 10:16am
Pointing to a string of successes with job and business growth, Council candidates Ray Rusnak and Robert Richkus are asking voters to look closely at their team’s record.
“It seems like every week we have another grand opening,” said Rusnak, who serves as Council President. “Businesses are coming back to South Plainfield.”
Rusnak pointed to the Dick’s Sporting Goods opening as the most recent example of the success his team is having with business and jobs. “They hired 77 people,” he said. “That’s significant.”
For the past two years, GOP candidates have said they’d make business and job growth a priority. Here are the results:
- South Plainfield is one of the best towns around for job growth. Last year unemployment was just 6.3%. That’s two points better than Middlesex County (8.5%) and three points better than the state (9.5%).
- Large companies are making South Plainfield their home. For example, Progressive Insurance just opened its headquarters on McKinley Street, near Route 287.
- Existing businesses are re-investing here. For example, Hall’s Trucking just announced it will build a new 104,000-square-foot warehouse. And when Restaurant Depot decided to expand, it decided to stay in South Plainfield rather than go elsewhere..
- Businesses are relocating here from other towns. Royal Coffee relocated its warehouse from Edison last year and recently decided to move its corporate office here too.
- Other recent business openings include My World Childcare, Rise & Shine Pediatrics, Park Avenue Barber (second location), YoFresh Yogurt, Hobby Lobby, and more.
“Other towns are not seeing these results,” said Rusnak. “South Plainfield is seeing the type of business and job growth other towns wish they had.”
“In addition to providing jobs, business growth helps control property taxes,” added Richkus. “When a new business comes into town and pays taxes, it spreads the costs out and helps bring down taxes for everyone else. That’s why business growth is key to making our town more affordable.”
“Our opponents say they’ll do better, but their party wasn’t able to when given the chance,” added Rusnak. “Our promise is simple: Our top goal is to make our town more affordable. We want to control taxes and spending and to bring back business and jobs. We’re getting results on both these goals, and we will continue to deliver if given the chance.”
Editor’s Note: Both parties have been asked to submit press releases so our readers are informed but only the Richkus & Rusnak team submitted a press release for publication to The Alternative Press this week.