After City Refuses to Protect Them Manufacturers Are Leaving Minneapolis
Kris Wyrobek has spent 33 years in Minneapolis with his manufacturing business. Like so many others, he is wondering what happened to that promise. Now that the rioters have taken over the city and frightened city officials into disbanding the police force, citizens like Wyrobek are forced into some challenging decisions. The rioting is overshadowing the peaceful protesters and causing all sorts of havoc.
Now, Wyrobek is in the process of packing up the manufacturing plant that he is responsible. If all goes according to plan, the 7-Sigma plant is going to be built outside of Minneapolis. While the loss of the plant is obviously a major blow, the 50 jobs that he is going to be taking with him are an even bigger one.
Did the rioters think of these types of consequences when they were willing to burn all sorts of buildings to the ground? “They don’t care about my business,” Kris says. It’s hard to disagree with this assessment. The plant was even shut down early during the riots, so that Kris could keep his workers protected from harm.
A $30 million complex that was designed to provide affordable housing for Minneapolis residents was burned to the ground close by. This was obviously disconcerting for those who own manufacturing plants in the area. If this is how people are willing to treat affordable housing complexes, how do you think they are going to treat buildings that offer no such amenities?
A Minneapolis manufacturing company has decided to leave the city, with the 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.
“They don’t care about my business,” said Kris Wyrobek, president and owner of 7-Sigma Inc., which has operated since 1987 at 2843 26th Av. in south Minneapolis. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.”
Wyrobek said the plant, which usually operates until 11 p.m., shut down about four hours early on the first night of the riots because he wanted to keep his workers out of harm’s way. He said a production supervisor and a maintenance worker who live in the neighborhood became alarmed when fire broke out at the $30 million Midtown Corner affordable housing apartment complex that was under construction next door.
“The fire engine was just sitting there,” Wyrobek said, “but they wouldn’t do anything.”
That’s why you are going to see a lot of manufacturing plants following in Kris’ path. Since they know that their cities are not willing to provide them any sort of protection, they have less than zero motivation to stick around. We’ll see how well these liberal cities do when they are shedding jobs and tax revenue faster than they are able to replace them.
Jacob Frey is the mayor of the city and he disagrees with the assessment. While the manufacturing plant owner claims that there was a fire engine nearby that would not intervene during the fires, Frey says that this is a lie. The truth is going to reveal itself soon enough and we wish that these city leaders would stop telling fibs like this.
Even the governor of Minnesota believes that this city failed to do everything that they could to stop the riots. If Governor Walz is not willing to go along with the nonsense, why should anyone else? It sure did take him long enough to contact the National Guard and put a stop to the violent protests. There’s plenty of blame to go around here, that is for sure.
There are some who may throw up their hands and shrug at the idea of losing 50 jobs. The liberals are sure to scoff. To them, there is no problem that is created by these actions that is even worth discussing. However, those who are following the situation more closely know that this man is not likely to be the only manufacturing plant owner who decides to take his business elsewhere.
Decisions like this one create a domino effect. Business owners in the area are not going to want to endure a repeat episode of what has already taken place. Their city has made it clear where they stand. They would rather stand in solidarity with the protesters than help business owners feel comfortable. It’s a sad juxtaposition but these liberal cities are letting the world know exactly how they feel.
When there is no room for further interpretation, it is time to make moves. No one should be sitting around and waiting for their city to make them feel as if their safety matters. Cities should be stressing a complete and total return to normalcy. Instead, they are embracing ideas that are a bit askew. Let’s hope that other cities are more willing to focus on their own failures, as opposed to turning the police department into a scapegoat.