As you well know, rioting and looting have swiftly taken over several of America’s cities. And in the aftermath of all the chaos, many businesses are choosing to leave those metropolises for safer pastures.
Kris Wyrobek’s 7-Sigma plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of them.
Wyrobek, who is both president and owner, opened his manufacturing business at 2843 26th Ave in south Minneapolis in 1987 and has worked successfully there for the last 33 years, manufacturing precision rollers for high-speed printing systems all over the world.
But after the recent riots and violence in the city that burned his company to the ground, he says he will be moving his plant and the jobs he has supplied to the city elsewhere.
According to the Star Tribune, “A Minneapolis manufacturing company has decided to leave the city with company’s owner saying he can’t trust public officials who allowed his plant to burn during the recent riots. The move will cost the city about 50 jobs.”
Wyrobek reportedly told the Tribune, “They don’t care about my business. They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.” He recalled that first night of the riots saying that his plant, which is usually open until 11 p.m., closed early for about 4 hours to keep his workers safe. But as the Star Tribune reported, it did little for the company.
“(Wyrobek) said a production supervisor and a maintenance worker who lives in the neighborhood became alarmed and when a fire broke out at the $30 million Midtown Corner affordable housing apartment complex that was under construction next door.” And as Wyrobek remembers, “The fire engine was just sitting there, but they wouldn’t do anything.”
And according to the thousands of pictures and videos posted online, as well as the media coverage from the city, Wyrobek isn’t wrong. Everywhere it was noted that police and fire department personnel couldn’t or wouldn’t do much to prevent the chaos.
Hell, even the Minneapolis Chief of Police admitted that not much was to be done, saying it was too much of a risk for his officers to try and stop any of the lootings. And the City Council president said that people calling 911 for help were “checking their privilege.” No wonder Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz referred to the city’s response as an “abject failure,” choosing instead to call in the National Guard to restore some semblance of peace and normalcy.
For Wyrobek, he wants no part of a city that doesn’t protect its own.
And by the looks of it, he won’t be the only one to pack up and leave, especially after the city has dismantled its only form of public safety aversion.
It will be hard enough to just get things up and going again, let alone having anything remotely similar to trust in the city and its officials. As Hot Air reports, insurance losses in the metropolis due to riots and looting are expected to reach far above $500 million. And as we all know, an increase in claims and the likelihood that it could happen again will only raise business rates. For some, it may not be worth it.
7-Sigma is positive that it can rebuild and handle the cost of doing so. However, its owner Wyrobek has so clearly stated that won’t happen in Minneapolis.
He said, “We are cautiously optimistic that we can do that (reopen), but we are certainly not able to do that in Minneapolis.” Better to take his company somewhere that is safer and more financially sound to do business in.
And Minneapolis is not the only city whose businesses are facing similar choices. In the windy city of Chicago, things are just as bad. There, even retail giant Walmart is considering to never reopen some of its locations again.
And if such a worldwide corporation has doubts about their success in these cities, why should smaller companies like 7-Sigma and others think twice about moving to another area where threats to their bottom line, as well their workers’ safety won’t be put at risk?
Maybe if the cities’ Democratic leaders would stand up and actually doing something instead of merely complaining about Trump’s Twitter posts, their citizens and business owners would feel safe enough to stay.
As it is now, a business exit from Democratic cities has begun.