NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) – A small group of people protested outside the Plexus headquarters in Neenah on Thursday to demonstrate against the outsourcing of jobs.
“Outsourced Wisconsin” is a group that is traveling around the state to highlight the issue. They held up signs, criticizing the manufacturing company for outsourcing jobs in the past.
In 2012, Plexus announced it was laying off 116 workers from its Neenah facility. All the jobs were outsourced to foreign countries. An investigation by WKOW, the ABC affiliate in Madison, later uncovered the company received millions of dollars in tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
WEDC has faced numerous problems since Gov. Scott Walker created it in 2011. That includes not tracking past-due loans, leadership turnover and audits that revealed mismanagement.
A spokesperson for Plexus released the following statement to Action 2 News:
Plexus is in compliance with all employment and investment requirements outlined within the tax credit agreement with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Our Wisconsin employment levels have grown since entering the agreement. As evidence of our continued commitment to our presence in Wisconsin we will be moving our Neenah Design Center to the building currently under construction across the street of our Global Headquarters in Neenah. This will enable further growth of our employment base within Wisconsin.”
-Susan Hanson, Plexus director of communications