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Richard Rider

An Irvine company – AutoAlert – is moving to Missouri. 300 jobs will be lost.

I’m not sure I should even bother to continue posting businesses departing California.  It’s not news.

I KNOW it’s not news, because it’s seldom mentioned in the Golden State MSM outlets.  If it WERE news, surely they’d be highlighting such businesses fleeing California.

Well, on the off chance that FlashReport readers MIGHT be interested in such depressing stories, here’s the latest one from the Business Relocation Coach.  It’s about a company moving its HQ (and 300 future jobs) from Irvine to (of all places), Kansas City, MO.  And they are fleeing quickly — they hope to complete the HQ relocation by the end of THIS spring.

Here’s the full story.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Irvine Loses Company HQ to Kansas City


California just lost another company headquarters to another state.

This time its AutoAlert, an Irvine, Calif.-based tech firm, that will relocate its headquarters to Kansas City, Missouri. The firm offers automotive software tools for management and communications.



With plans to create 300 area jobs in coming years, AutoAlert CEO Mike Dullea said, “Our company is raising the bar to bring high paying tech jobs right to the heart of Kansas City.


AutoAlert’s Kansas City headquarters will be operational in the spring of 2017. It seems the company is wasting no time in heading to the Midwest.


The firm will maintain an office in Irvine, the size of which is unspecified.[1]


“Just got off the phone with the CEO of AutoAlert,” Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said in a release. “We had a great conversation. He told me that because of new policies like Right to Work, which show our commitment to growing our economy, they are excited to bring their business here and create jobs. This is what you sent me here to do, and I’m proud to say that we are getting results for you.”[2]


Dullea said, “As a tenured CEO I have never received such a personal call from a governor to thank me. The efforts and words of Governor Greitens say a lot about him and the type of leadership we can expect to see moving forward.”[3]

[1] Source: Bobby Burch, “Cali tech firm AutoAlert to create 300 Kansas City jobs, Startland, Feb. 10, 2017

[2] Source: Rob Roberts,”California tech firm will move HQ, create 300 jobs in downtown KC,” Kansas City Business Journal, Feb. 10, 2017

[3] “AutoAlert Corporate Office to Move: Will Expand to Downtown Kansas City, Mo.,” news release, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Feb. 10, 2017

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One focus of this blog has been to address California’s difficult business environment, as described in the study, California Business Departures: An Eight-Year Review 2008-2015, (PDF) updated Jan. 14, 2016.

Joseph Vranich is known as The Business Relocation Coach while the formal name of his business is Spectrum Location Solutions. Joe helps companies find great locations in which to grow. Also, Joe has been a Keynote Speaker for more than 20 years – see A Speaker Throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia.