California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Holds Town Hall Meeting at K&N Headquarters
RIVERSIDE, CA, -- With more than 200 hundred invited guests, employees and members of the media in attendance, K&N Filters' Riverside, California headquarters was the location chosen for the first in a series of town hall-style meetings held by California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Intended to promote specific ballot initiatives, the meeting was also a chance for K&N leaders to build relationships with those in Sacramento who could have a direct impact on California businesses and the automotive aftermarket.
"It's very important to have political leadership that has the courage to make the right decisions for the long term because we intend to keep making the world's best air filters right here in California," K&N President, Steve Rogers told guests during opening remarks. Afterward, Rogers commented "we are honored to have Governor Schwarzenegger here at K&N. In the time he has been in office our workers compensation costs have decreased and that was one move in the right direction if California is to keep businesses from moving elsewhere. This was a unique opportunity that few automotive aftermarket companies get."
K&N shut down all operations for the meeting to allow all of its employees the opportunity to see the meeting first hand. In addition to its employees and invited guests, Chris Kersting, President and CEO for the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) and Steve McDonald, Vice President Government Affairs for SEMA attended the meeting.
The town hall meeting lasted about an hour. Afterwards Schwarzenegger spent time talking to many K&N employees and posed for several photos.
Following the meeting and a private conversation with the Governor, K&N Owner and Chairman Jerry Mall said, "[Governor Schwarzenegger] seemed to be genuinely concerned with the issues facing California businesses."
Riverside County features one of the largest concentrations of automotive aftermarket businesses in the United States. Seventy two automotive businesses are located in the 549 square mile area that makes up Riverside County. K&N incorporated in 1969 from a building not far from its current Riverside headquarters.