Essex Wire Plant granted 30 day extension for cleanup


The owners of Rockford’s dilapidated Essex Wire Plant, on N. Main Street, get extra time to clean it up.

A.W. Bennett was in court last week for failing to meet a deadline to clean up the site. The company began removing debris from the site, but the process came to a halt at the end of July.

The judge found the corporation in contempt of court. A hearing is scheduled to determine if the president will also be held in contempt.

Rockford legal director Nick Meyer says the City of Rockford is committed to making sure the eyesore is dealt with, saying “As far as I know, there hasn’t been really any actions for a long time, or any that I know of, where we’ve gone personally after a corporate officer for failing to direct his corporation.”

A.W. Bennett has 30 more days to clean up the site. If the clean up is not done, the company will have to pay a $200,000 fine.

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