Manufacturer that burned as Minneapolis protests turned violent plans to relocate from city

Manufacturer that burned as Minneapolis protests turned violent plans to relocate from city. By Jeffrey Meitrodt.

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.” …

How much damage did the riots do?

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.

How many of the destroyed businesses will move to a Republican jurisdiction, rather than rebuild in this Democrat-run one? Detroit was once America’s third city, the gleaming metropolis at the head of the car industry, but after 50 years of Democrat administration and increasing black presence it is a run-down urban hell hole.

When riots occur under a Democrat President, the Democrat politicians can see looting for what it is clearly enough. After the 2015 riots following Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, another mostly black Democrat bastion:

Obama nailed it, back then. Everything he said then applies to today’s riots. But today’s Democrats are whistling a very different tune.

hat-tips Stephen Harper and Stephen Neil, via Steve Sailer