The Sigma 7 manufacturing company has been in Minneapolis for 33 years since 1987.
But according to Kris Wyrobek, that’s it, he’s had enough, he’s leaving the city because he says he can no longer trust officials who let rioters burn down his company during the riots. He’s taking the company and the 50 jobs it provided people in the city someplace else.
From Star Tribune:
“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.”
As Hot Air observes, Wyrobek’s likely not going to be the only business not coming back or leaving.
How many business owners in Minneapolis might decide that the risk of a repeat is just too high, and that the track record of city leadership represents a bad risk?
For that matter, some businesses might not have the ability to reopen in place even if rebuilt. Insurance losses in the riots will go over $500 million, and customers in Minneapolis will have higher rates as a result of the suddenly-exposed risk of doing business in the city. For some businesses, that might be too much of a hurdle for reinvesting in the city.
I thought about this as the riots were happening as we heard from folks like Stephanie Wilford who cried about losing the businesses that were so vital to her life and the area. It’s not only harming those who need the stores but costing jobs for so many people. All incredibly harming black lives and the lives of others.
How can any one now feel like their business will not just be safe, but that the city cares or prioritizes their safety?
Instead of reassuring the citizens or the businesses, the city is instead appealing to the radical protesters, with the City Council having committed to disbanding the police. The City Council president even characterized people calling the police as having to “check their privilege,” as we previously reported. Imagine the gall of that, after what their citizens just went through. Who would want to reopen in such a city and what insurance company would now give you reasonable insurance? The city is literally doing themselves in.
But as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey observes, on what is the local media organ the Star Tribune focused? Not so much on the city trying to commit suicide, but talking about Republicans “pouncing” which was then changed to President Donald Trump is now “on the attack” because Trump called on Democrats to denounce the “defund the police” movement. Apparently not being a literal flaming radical is being “on the attack.” Most Americans would regard that as sanity and actually protecting the citizens of all races. While presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said he doesn’t support defunding police, a boatload of other Democrats refused to say that or do support it and that may be another defining issue going into the election.