This week certainly started out as disappointing for some Textron workers who were notified of their plant closure Monday, but that big business upset is different from what some small businesses are experiencing.
Since turning to Rockford, World Class Tool and Machine has more room to grow. This former Loves Park company chose their new North Main location that Ingersoll Cutting Tools used to occupy.
Co-owner Dave Loveland says, “Since we've been here business has picked up. We are having a tough time meeting deliveries. "
Currently eight workers are trying to keep up with the demand, two to three staff members will be added by the end of the year, quite a different future than what larger manufacturing companies are experiencing.
"Small business is where it's at. I can understand how in big businesses the workers are insecure. We go out and get our own work, perform and get more work." says Dave Loveland.
One of the reasons World Class Tool & Machine located in this area is the fact that it's re-emerging from the past. For example, the boarded up K-Mart and former hardware store is set to be demolished in December. In spring we will see the changes taking place.
The Rockford city council gave their final approval to creating a TIFF district at the location; that means 24 condos, a doctors office and retail shops are part of the face-lift.
Twelfth ward alderman, John Beck, tells 23 News, "We hit rock bottom but we're moving up. With improvements like the Hilander store on Riverside just completed, a new AMCORE bank and Taco Johns people will realize the potential over here.”
There is still at least two other empty businesses ready and willing to work for another company. The old Eagle Store is expected to be occupied once again in the next couple of months.