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A local business is celebrating a milestone


A local business is celebrating a milestone. Monday marked 40 years in business for Northern Wire in Merrill. But, it hasn't been an easy ride, especially recently.

The longtime company has come a long way in the last two years. In 2011, Northern Wire was smacked by the EF-3 tornado that ripped through most of the city.

"When I first pulled up to the building I thought oh man we're going to be down 3-6 months," said General Manager John Brost.

The tornado sent scraps of metal scattered for miles and knocked walls to the ground.

"The building took a hit," said Brost.

But now the company is celebrating. It's been in business 40 years.

"We wouldn't be here if it weren't for our people," said Brost.

Northern Wire opened in 1973 making parts for snowmobile skis. Now,leaders say it's become a leader in the wire forming industry.

"Especially during the economic problems in 2008, early 2009, to have a company come through that it tells you have a pretty strong company," explained Brost.

Governor Scott Walker joined company leaders and employees to celebrate their success.

"To have that kind of dedication just shows why Northern, this community and this state does so well," said Governor Scott Walker.

New numbers prove that. According to a recent report, Wisconsin is in the top five among other states for manufacturing. But the work isn't over.

Leaders at Northern Wire say they're ready for the next 40.

Merrill Mayor Bill Bialecki and State Senator Tom Tiffany were also at the ceremony.

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