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Condemned business headed for closure

Micro Industries owner asks city for time to get equipment sold

ROCK FALLS – A local business owner likely will close its doors for good rather than repair its condemned building, and is asking the city for 3 months or so to get his equipment sold.

Lance Robinson, owner of Micro Industries, 200 W. Second St., was forced to halt company operations May 3 after a report from engineers Willett, Hofmann & Associates determined its building was a threat to public safety.

At an appeals hearing Wednesday, Robinson’s attorney, Brett Marshall, said his client would like to be able to enter the building so he can clean it and liquidate the equipment, sparing the city the cost of the cleanup and allowing him to make as much money as possible before walking away from the business.

“It’s a big building,” Robinson said. “I’d try 3 months and see where I’m at. Things move slowly, and we’re working on it daily, 40 hours a week.”

Robinson doesn’t own the building at 200 W. Second St., and is “a W2 employee” for a company that “is effectively insolvent,” Marshall said.

“We’re not here to really challenge the condition of the building. We recognize it’s in bad shape.”

Rock Falls building inspector Mark Searing said he’ll consider the request.

Searing has said he’s been concerned about the building’s cracks and missing bricks, specifically on the north wall and with a loading dock that has deteriorated beams in the roof, since 2014.

Micro Industries designs and operates die casting machines for the processing of a variety of metal parts. The company was established in 1959, and in its recent history, has employed between 50 and 100 people. It now has seven to 10.

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