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Maker movement part of Rockford’s past, will help develop its future


Your toes owe a debt to a Swedish immigrant who came to Rockford in the 1800s and invented an automatic knitting machine that mass produced socks on South Main Street.

Maybe one day soon there’ll be a digital gizmo to protect much more than our toes. And maybe it’s being invented right now by a kid in Rockford who’s sitting on a couch, hunched over a laptop, cranking out lines of code…

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