Rioters Burned Down Minneapolis Manufacturer. Now They’re Relocating,

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    Rioters Burned Down Minneapolis Manufacturer. Now They’re Relocating,

    https://www.startribune.com/manufact...ity/571104922/


    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."

    Two days after the riots began, Gov. Tim Walz described the city's response as an "abject failure." Walz ordered the National Guard into Minneapolis to restore order at the request of Mayor Jacob Frey. The violence sometimes overshadowed peaceful protests over the death last month of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

    Frey said Monday that he was unaware of 7-Sigma's decision to move, and he declined to say whether the company's decision reflects the challenges facing city leaders as they try to convince business owners to rebuild in Minneapolis. Many business owners have criticized the city, saying their pleas for help went unanswered.

    7-Sigma, a manufacturer that was heavily damaged in last month's protests in south Minneapolis, has decided to relocate its facility outside of Minneapolis. The company's multi-story building is shown in upper right in this May 28 file photo. Across the street from 7-Sigma is the block-long Midtown Corner, an affordable housing complex that was under construction before being destroyed by fire. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP) ORG XMIT: MERbe08e2aa547ebaa7b3b40c77c641d
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    Frey said the city was overwhelmed by the riots. He said every fire truck was operating during the protests.

    "This was a Guard-sized crisis and demanded a Guard-sized response," Frey said. "And once we had the full presence of the National Guard — which by the way hasn't been deployed since World War II — there was a significantly different result."

    The city's first survey of property damage shows that nearly 1,000 commercial properties in Minneapolis were damaged during the riots, including 52 businesses that were completely destroyed and 30 other locations that sustained severe damage.

    Owners and insurance experts estimate the costs of the damage could exceed $500 million. That would make the Twin Cities riots the second-costliest civil disturbance in U.S. history, trailing only those in Los Angeles in 1992, which were also sparked by racial tensions with police and had $1.4 billion in damages in today's dollars.


    #2
    Annnnnd then, you’ll see the Democrats and community organizers crying all over the media how they don’t have any jobs for they’re citizens and that’s why things are so bad in these hoods.

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      #3
      I'm going to be curious what happens here in the chicago area. A lot of businesses had a double dick kick of a tyrannical governor leaving things shut down too long, and then riots being let loose and allowed to propagate all around the city. The 3rd dick kick will be the second wave shut down they are already spreading the narrative on this fall.
      Every major institution is against you and will let you die!
      - Tim Dillon

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        #4
        I burn stuff for two reasons.

        Heat and to make stuff I don’t want, disappear.

        Maybe it’s just me because my parents didn’t buy me new toys when I broke my old ones. I just ended up with broken toys to play with.

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          #5
          So Minneapolis becomes the next Chicago?

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            #6
            Watched this video during the riots. The guy rode around and showed damage from the last set of riots in Chicago that was never repaired or rebuilt. Can't remember how many years ago.. 30? I wonder to what extent that will happen in Minneapolis.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPwpEF1MK_I

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              #7
              Originally posted by Mr Stubs View Post
              I burn stuff for two reasons.

              Heat and to make stuff I don’t want, disappear.

              Maybe it’s just me because my parents didn’t buy me new toys when I broke my old ones. I just ended up with broken toys to play with.

              That also how we learn to fix stuff as well.

              I have been waiting for this to start. When the city government encourages this the business owners are going to bail. Sucks for the employees big time. Hopefully the move is still convenient to commute or they make relocation an option.

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                #8
                he's gona be just fine in the burbs.

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                  #9
                  No surprises here. These cities will be shells of what they used to be.

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                    #10
                    Good history on the after effects of riots
                    ‘The primary issue in Minneapolis is not the jobs, or the police or housing or anything like this.’
                    Bunch of old crap.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Mr Stubs View Post
                      I burn stuff for two reasons.

                      Heat and to make stuff I don’t want, disappear.

                      Maybe it’s just me because my parents didn’t buy me new toys when I broke my old ones. I just ended up with broken toys to play with.

                      Oh come on Stubs. You know you've had a camp fire when you didn't need heat or to burn garbage

                      Btw, i also had broken toys if i broke my toys. My parents didn't buy me shit either

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Sterlingfire View Post

                        Oh come on Stubs. You know you've had a camp fire when you didn't need heat or to burn garbage

                        Btw, i also had broken toys if i broke my toys. My parents didn't buy me shit either
                        I was camping with OB and needed to heat my wiener to eat...

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by skzuk View Post
                          Watched this video during the riots. The guy rode around and showed damage from the last set of riots in Chicago that was never repaired or rebuilt. Can't remember how many years ago.. 30? I wonder to what extent that will happen in Minneapolis.

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPwpEF1MK_I
                          That's pretty surreal.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Mr Stubs View Post
                            I was camping with OB and needed to heat my wiener to eat...
                            That's very unfortunate

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                              #15
                              About 15 years ago, I worked for a sister company of 7-Sigma. Both companies were founded by Kris Wyrobek's father Jerzy. Jerzy was a Polish immigrant who fought the Nazi's in WW2 and escaped from a German prison camp. The company I worked for was the most diverse I had ever seen with employees from more countries than I could count. Really sad what the rioters did.

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