Gator Air Conditioning Supplier Says It’s Leaving California
Gator air conditioners are leaving the state as the largest manufacturer of them in the country, and the state’s attorney general is trying to stop them from selling in the state.
The move comes as the state struggles with the largest air pollution crisis in the nation, and a state official said the companies plans to leave by the end of the year.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that the companies plan to leave California as the biggest air conditioner manufacturer in the world by the year 2021.
Becerras office says the companies’ proposed plans to relocate to the United States are a violation of California state law.
The company said it is moving to an undisclosed location within the next few weeks.
The Associated Press first reported the company’s plan.
In a statement, the company said the move was not related to the air quality crisis in California.
The state is also trying to close a loophole that allows companies to buy air condition, air-conditioning, and other equipment in the states air-quality regulations without first complying with those rules.
The California attorney general said that the company would leave the state if it doesn’t comply with the rules, and he has said he will sue the company to force it to do so.
The companies’ announcement comes a week after the Associated Press reported that a federal judge blocked a proposed $1.9 billion settlement with Gator over the pollution crisis.