Editorial—“The Covidien Ramification

The stark reality is that apparently nothing could have been done on the local level to avert last week’s wrenching announcement that Covidient is moving its entire Seneca workload to Costa Rica. Local government leaders say that once they got a whiff that something was afoot, they tried to contact officials of the Massachusetts-based company, but were unsuccessful at establishing any meaningful dialogue. This is of little solace to the near 600 workers who, over the next two or three years, will lose their Covidien jobs.

As explained to 96.3/WGOG, what Covidien has done was a corporate move and done for corporate reasons. And, so in the end, while Covidien and its predecessors provided steady work in Oconee County and the resulting economic investment locally, they are free to do as they please in what they see as the betterment of their business.

That’s our view. What’s yours?