Manning Introduces Bill To Assist Custom Culinary In Avon
Legislation Would Reform State Regulations To Increase Company's Competitiveness
February 15, 2011
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State Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) announced that she will introduce legislation today that would permit manufacturers of nonbeverage food items to purchase the beer and liquor needed for their products wholesale, allowing them to be more competitive. Senator Manning began drafting her proposal upon learning of the situation at Custom Culinary, an Illinois-based company with a manufacturing facility in Avon. Custom Culinary manufactures sauces, gravies and other products - some of which contain alcohol - for foodservice and food processing customers. Because the company cannot under current law purchase the alcohol needed to produce these items at wholesale, they instead must buy them individually, increasing their costs and making it difficult for the company to compete and create jobs in Ohio. "If we are to get Ohio's economy back on track, we need to ensure that our laws do not discourage job creation," Manning said. "These types of regulations are hamstringing the ability of Custom Culinary and other Ohio companies' to expand, and I am pleased to be able to work with Custom Culinary and the Governor's office in addressing this situation." Yesterday, Manning toured Custom Culinary's facility in Avon with Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Avon Mayor James Smith. Custom Culinary was also mentioned by Taylor in her recent testimony on Senate Bill 2, which would create a process for evaluating the economic impact of agency rules and regulations on small businesses in Ohio. "Custom Culinary has been at a competitive disadvantage with businesses located outside of Ohio due to the manner by which we are required to purchase beer, wine and liquor - critical ingredients needed for our products," said T.C. Chatterjee, President of Custom Culinary. "We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Senator Manning and Lt. Gov. Taylor for spearheading the effort in Ohio to make our business more competitive."
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