Quote – From a memorandum submitted by the Needle Trades Associations to the Factory Investigating Commission. Only date available: 1913.

[Against the bill recommending occupancy limits depending on the number of exits provided and the [number of floors] While we are in favor of a restricted occupancy…we believe that the bill in the form proposed will work great disadvantage to our trades, requiring manufacturers almost to double their area capacity in order to employ the usual amount of people that their business demands. We respectfully submit that any such procedure would not only be of great injury to the trade, but to the state, by forcing a number of these establishments to remove their factories to other states.

Factory Investigating Commission, Second Report, Appendix X, VII, p. 1336.