Janesville company prepares for Romney visit

CEO: Excited for Romney to see thriving small business
Janesville company prepares for Romney visit

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s bus tour is expected to make a stop at Monterey Mills in Janesville on Monday, and workers there are making sure they’re ready for his arrival.

Monterey Mill is known for manufacturing fabric for paint rollers.

President and CEO Dan Sinykin said staff have been busy moving bails of fiber around to make room on the factory floor in preparation to host as many as 1,000 people for the Monday morning visit.

The Janesville Fire Department and police have already come to inspect the facility for safety.

Sinykin said he has no idea how his company was selected as a stop on the candidate’s tour.

“Having this type of exposure for Monterey Mills is just wonderful,” Sinykin said.

“Giving (Romney) a chance to (see) a thriving small business that’s been around for 66 years and showing what we do is great. I think the employees are really honored that we were selected and we’re excited to show off.”

Workers at Monterey Mills typically work Monday through Thursday. This week, they came in on Friday to make sure the factory looked good and their work orders stayed on time, Sinykin said.

A majority of the building has already been put on lockdown for security purposes, he said.

Sinykin said the factory will slow down, but not shut down, during Romney’s visit. He plans for the factory to be fully operational by mid-Monday morning.

Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will join Romney at the Janesville event.

On Sunday, Romney kicked off his three-stop bus tour of Ohio by telling rain-soaked voters in the battleground state that the country is about to get “a little brighter.”

Romney told thousands of supporters who’d been standing in the rain — some for hours — that the weather was a metaphor for the country and that “three and a half years of dark clouds are about to part.” The likely Republican presidential nominee appeared with his wife, Ann, and two of his sons at a pancake breakfast in honor of Father’s Day. Four of his 18 grandchildren also attended.

Romney appeared with Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who is considered a top possible contender for vice president. The former Massachusetts governor planned two more stops in Ohio on Sunday.