Yesterday, when I stopped at the Hartmann luggage “factory outlet” in Lebanon, I was disappointed to learn that Hartmann had been acquired by Samsonite in 2012, and even more disappointed to learn that all of Hartmann products are now manufactured in China. Of course, Hartmann was sold to a private equity firm in 2008. The former manufacturing facility, that once employed 350 persons, is well-manicured, but empty.
The legislative record will reflect that, in this year’s Transportation Committee meeting, I spoke at length in opposition to, and voted against, a bill brought at the behest of E Scooter lobbyists. That bill purportedly “clarified” the legal status of E Scooters, although I skeptically asserted that it did much more.
One legislator from the other side of the aisle praised them for their safety record in Memphis and elsewhere. Others endorsed and congratulated them as a significant advance in technology.