Bain acquisition sent Holland jobs out of New York State
The workers at the Williamhouse envelope plant in
the Town of Holland most likely never heard Mitt Romney's name. They
just knew that an out-of-town owner bought the company and, within a few
years, their jobs were shipped to Pennsylvania.
"The company was doing just fine," said Carolyn
Gibbon, of West Seneca, who, with her husband, Thomas, worked at Niagara
Envelope for 10 years that she now calls wasted. "Then, the following
summer, we were being shut down."
Some 185 workers lost their jobs in that 1999
closing of a venerable local company previously known as Niagara
Envelope. That happened two years after the company's new owner,
American Pad and Paper, or "Ampad," closed the local firm's downtown
Buffalo headquarters as well as the main office of a sister company in
New York, eliminating 250 jobs.
To critics of Romney, the presumptive Republican
nominee for president who will be in Buffalo on Friday for a fundraiser,
all this matters in the context of the current campaign.