Friday, April 12, 2013

MacGregor Yachts Calls It Quits In Costa Mesa

According to Len Bose in his "The Harbor Report", HERE, the MacGregor family, who has produced iconic sailboats in Costa Mesa for a half-century, has felt the squeeze of developer dollars and oppressive manufacturing regulations and has succumbed to the siren call from Stuart, Florida.  They will stop production at their Costa Mesa facility and move to that city to continue to produce their 26-foot sailboat and begin production of a new, lighter 22-foot model.

I've met Roger MacGregor a time or two - he's a great guy - and am saddened that he's being forced to make this move and take a  huge part of the Newport-Mesa nautical heritage with him.  We wish him well and continued success.  Our loss will certainly be Florida's gain.  Did I mention that there's no personal income tax in Florida?

I guess this is our future, when anti-business,  tax-happy liberals control our state government and opportunisitic, carpetbagging developers control the city council.  How sad for us all.

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Anonymous grocerybagger said...

i get it about tax happy liberals but don't see the nexus concerning our council. carpetbagger city council? all have lived here many years.

4/12/2013 07:06:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Really? How long have you been paying attention? Your mayor came waltzing across the border from Fountain Valley a few years ago - dragging his OC GOP carpetbag full of inflexible dogma - and was immediately appointed to the Planning Commission. That was political payback for the help he and his pal, Dana Rohrabacher, gave to Allan Mansoor.

4/12/2013 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous grocerybagger said...

a few YEARS ago. foley waltzed in also and libby gave her a pc slot. u don't call her a carpetbagger.i have been paying attention a long time, at some point you are vested here. riggy has reached that point.

4/12/2013 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous ocgop conspiracy obsession said...

So carpetbaggers drove out this business? I get the taxing libs part, not evident how council gets blame. Maybe it was the water district that caused this?

4/12/2013 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Shill much? said...

How in the heck does our city council have anything to do with this? Try myriad workplace and environmental regulations combined with onerous taxes.

MacGregor is going where business is welcomed - and without personal income tax to boot!

"Squeezed by developer dollars?" Way to put a negative spin on a positive - land values are rising again.

You really have become a ridiculous and petty anti-council shill.

4/12/2013 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous CM Shrink said...

Yeah, Geoff, you're a "shill."
You need to get yourself a golf cart and borrow some kid's football outfit in order to straighten yourself out. Don't forget to have altercations with service people and school teachers to prove your manhood. Wear black framed glasses and text a lot.

4/12/2013 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous 5150 said...

the shrink has some major obsessions in his life. the mancrush will be hard to free him from but we could start with jealousy, the world is not a zero sum game and he could focus on his life improvements and make some progress.

4/12/2013 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

This is very sad. I grew up next door to this family. Maybe the lure of Florida is better for boat builders. Really sorry to see this business gone.

4/12/2013 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

If this isn't Riggy, I don't know what is.

In United States history, carpetbagger was a pejorative term Southerners gave to Northerners (also referred to as Yankees) who moved to the South during the Reconstruction era, between 1865 and 1877.

The term referred to the observation that these newcomers tended to carry "carpet bags," a common form of luggage at the time (sturdy and made from used carpet). It was used as a derogatory term, suggesting opportunism and exploitation by the outsiders. Together with Republicans they are said to have politically manipulated and controlled former Confederate states for varying periods for their own financial and power gains. In sum, carpetbaggers were seen as insidious Northern outsiders with questionable objectives meddling in local politics, buying up plantations at fire-sale prices and taking advantage of Southerners.

The term carpetbaggers was also used to describe the Republican political appointees who came South, arriving with their travel carpet bags. Southerners considered them ready to loot and plunder the defeated South.[1]

In modern usage in the U.S., the term is sometimes used derisively to refer to a politician who runs for public office in an area of the south where he or she does not have deep community ties, or has lived only for a short time. In the United Kingdom, the term was adopted to refer informally to those who join a mutual organization, such as a building society, in order to force it to demutualize, that is, to convert into a joint stock company, solely for personal financial gain.

4/12/2013 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

I'm sorry to see MacGregor Yachts leaving. It's been a good, clean operation since Roger installed a system years ago that prevents or minimizes the release of styrene into the air.

I'd love to know specifics -- what are "developer dollars" doing to induce Roger MacGregor to move his business, and what oppressive regulations are pushing him to move? Are they city regs? State regs? AQMD regs? How much is due to the lack of personal income tax in Florida? It may be too late to keep MacGregor Yachts in town, but maybe something could be done to induce other businesses to stay in Costa Mesa.

4/12/2013 01:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Yea but... said... you mean like raise the business license fee? Mr. West laments the loss of business then blames that loss, at least partially, on developers. While I highly doubt it's true, land development is also a business last I checked.

4/12/2013 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Old Man By The Sea said...

we all know it wasn't the business license fees that drove them away, heck the City was basically paying them to hang around as lomg as they did.

4/12/2013 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I doubt seriously that anything this council did had anything to do with MacGregor leaving. MacGregor was "courted" to leave and move to Florida. It should have been the other way around.

4/12/2013 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous History Channel said...

"Mr. West laments the loss of business then blames that loss, at least partially, on developers."

Take the child's football outfit off and read the article West linked to. The AUTHOR blames development, a 3 story project on the other side of the plant's mold shop.

You're probably an oral learner, jumping up from the bootlicking position whenever your master tells you what to say or write.

4/12/2013 08:48:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Here's the bulk of Geoff's last paragraph,
"I guess this is our future, when anti-business, tax-happy liberals control our state government and opportunisitic, carpetbagging developers control the city council. "
Nowhere do I see Geoff blaming the move of MacGregor Yachts on the city council That is aimed at Sacramento.
He's describing our future as he sees it.

4/13/2013 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Read More said...

In the article, Bose mentioned the development next to MacGregor's plant. The inference is that the development hindered continued manufacturing at that location.

4/13/2013 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Sue Persava said...

Could the Planning Commission allowing that development to be built next to MacGregor's plant be a factor?

4/13/2013 07:52:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

I don't know for sure, but I suspect Roger MacGregor knew what was coming in the way of complaints from residents at that new site. He's a very smart businessman, so I suspect the move to Florida penciled out for him.

4/13/2013 08:03:00 PM  

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