CAMDEN, NJ— Camden City Mayor Frank Moran expressed his outrage on Thursday and has demanded an apology from Holtec President and CEO Krishna P. Singh for recent comments Singh made about Camden's workforce.
“I don’t condone Dr. Singh’s statement and we demand an apology,” said Mayor Frank Moran in a statement. “I will hold all companies in Camden accountable and expect them to be community conscious and responsible partners. I am committed to making sure that prosperity reaches all neighborhoods and people of Camden. Be assured, I will always stand by the good residents of the City of Camden.”
On Wednesday, in article published on ROI-NJ's website, Singh said Holtec was struggling to find local residents to hire to work at its new Camden manufacturing facility.
"They don’t show up to work,” Singh was quoted as saying in the article. “They can’t stand getting up in the morning and coming to work every single day. They haven’t done it, and they didn’t see their parents do it. Of course, some of them get into drugs and things. So, it’s difficult," he went on.
Holtec opened its 600,000-square-feet Camden facility in 2017 after receiving over $250 million in tax credits through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
"Do not disrespect my city. The people of Camden have more grit & ability to succeed than any other place. I know because I was born & grew up here. The journey to rebuild Camden requires commitment. I will make sure that prosperity reaches the people of Camden," the mayor later said in a statement on the City of Camden Twitter account.