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Manufacturer Moves From China to California Enterprise Zone

From far right Asssemblyman Victor M. Perez, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack listen to Liat Tala, owner of Tala Enterprise garment manufacturer in Thousand Palms during the opening tour on January 3, 2012.

Assemblyman Manuel Pérez along with Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack were on hand for the opening of Tala Enterprises in the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone. The story of Tala Enterprises, an apparel company, is extremely optimistic because of their decision to move manufacturing from China to California.

Here is the whole story from the Desert Sun:

Tala Enterprise, a clothing maker that idled its denim line in China to bring its production back to the United States, officially opened a new knitwear manufacturing plant in the Coachella Valley on Tuesday.

Owner Liat Tala said she plans to restart the company’s Kentucky Denim and Cain & Able clothing line at some point, and grow the workforce to 400 by the fifth year of operation.

For many, Tuesday’s ceremonial ribbon-cutting event didn’t only provide 31 new jobs in a region hard hit by unemployment.

The company’s presence could mark the beginning of a Coachella Valley fashion industry, said Rep. Mary Bono Mack, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

“I think Liat is the perfect person to spearhead this,” the Palm Springs Republican said at the event.

“It is time in America to recognize that we need to make ‘Made in America’ matter again,” she said, saying businesses are overtaxed, over-litigated and over-regulated.

“It is time to remove those impediments so our American businesses can flourish.”

As Bono Mack presented Tala with a flag that had flown over the Capitol, she said: “I’m going to count on you to bring American jobs home.”

Tala, joined by a business partner, Arad Shemirani, said this nation was built by business pioneers like her father who follow their dreams.

“One day, I asked where he gets his inspiration,” Tala said of her dad, an immigrant who came to America with $10 in his pocket, and over 20 years, produced several successful clothing lines such as Style-Up and Missy.

“He pointed to his chest, and told me, ‘Every day, I wake up with hope in my heart.’

“Today, my hope is to establish a facility that will one day make you proud,” Tala said.

Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez noted that the plant’s opening in the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone comes at a critical time when California has frequently been labeled as unfriendly to business.

The very existence of this new business illustrates the importance of the state’s enterprise zones, which provide companies extra benefits to open, the Coachella Democrat said.

Thermal resident Emmanuel Romero is among those who will work at the new plant.

“I’m going to be a seamstress, and work on the production line to make sure everything gets sewn properly,” the former custodian said, as he leaned against a table stacked with cut-cloth. He described his year-long job hunt as daunting, largely online-based and impersonal.

“I don’t mind starting out at the ground level,” he said. “That way, they can see what I’m made of.”

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