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State Business News Briefs: Schofield company to add up to 350 jobs

SCHOFIELD - A Wausau area company plans to add up to 350 jobs in the next three years. Crystal Finishing Systems of Schofield has purchased the former Weather Shield window plant in Mosinee.

Company president Mark Matthiae said production at the new facility is expected to begin early next year. Crystal Finishing provides industrial coatings, masking, packaging, and warehousing services for a host of industries and fields. Matthiae said the company will provide new technology that will expand Crystal Finishing's markets. He said the economy remains spotty, but his firm was still able to add about 250 jobs over the past three years.


Ten years ago, Ixonia State Bank took its home city out of its name. Saying its market had expanded beyond the Jefferson County community, the bank started calling itself IXB in 2003. Now, it's going back. The bank suffered financial troubles during the economic downturn and had to be recapitalized by a group of new owners. They are reviving the Ixonia name. New signs at branches in Watertown, Oconomowoc, Dousman and Hartland, plus two locations in Jefferson and Waukesha counties, will carry the new, but old, name by this summer.


A Milwaukee plant where a worker was trapped in a cement mixer yesterday was cited 10 days earlier for federal workplace safety violations. WTMJ-TV said Sic Lazaro was investigated May 13th after the Occupational Safety-and-Health Administration was tipped off about safety concerns. A 43-year-old Cudahy man was hurt in yesterday's incident, and authorities expect him to survive. The TV station said the plant received 10 citations for violations that involved flammable liquids, hazardous floors and walls, and problems with automatic sprinkler systems. The citations carry fines of over $11,000. Sic Lazaro has not said whether it would challenge the OSHA citations, pay the fines, or seek a settlement. Milwaukee Police are also investigating the incident. Sic Lazaro makes counter-weights for elevators, cranes, and other industrial uses. It's been operating in Milwaukee for over a year-and-a-half.