FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Employees with Freeport’s Sensata plant are facing layoffs with the company moving operations to China. While they've known of the outsourcing since last year, they just learned some new information: Sensata is owned by Bain Capital, an equity firm Mitt Romney helped start.
Monday afternoon, employees and supporters gathered in front of the Sensata plant armed with signs asking Romney to come see first hand what they say is being done at the hands of Bain Capital. Several of those in attendance have been working at the plant for more than 30 years. Before they are outsourced, the plants workers have had to train the Chinese staff taking over for them. Employees say if Romney wants to improve the economy, he needs to keep jobs in the United States.
"This is moving to China, some of the other ones in the past have moved to China that came out of this plant. This used to be a very high volume plant and now it's pretty much a ghost town.. and by the end of the year it will be a ghost town”, says Sensata employee Cheryl Randecker.
A petition was also being passed around at today's rally for the Bring Jobs Home Act which offering incentives for businesses to stay in the U.S.. Those signatures will be sent to Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling.