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Schofield business celebrates 50th anniversary

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Nicole Ray is a mom and a young manufacturing executive who is carrying on a family tradition.

"My great grandfather John Ryan Sr., him and another gentleman had started the business," said Ray,  CEO of Ryan Manufacturing.

She is the fourth generation in her family to own Ryan Manufacturing in Schofield. After her grandfather passed away, she took over last year and knew it was her turn.

"At that point we sat down as a family and the decision was made that I would come into the business," said Ray.

The company makes pins, bushings and other parts for farm and construction equipment. It's been family owned since 1963 and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

"We've been lucky enough to really rise above and plug along and keep going," said Ray.

Ryan manufacturing has about 30 employees. Some have worked for the company for decades. Suzanne Zastrow has been with the company for 23 years. She is now the Chief Operating Officer.

"The thing that I enjoy the most is that it's family owned family oriented the family takes an active role they always have," said Zastrow.

The company sells parts all across the country. Owners say the company has seen many changes in 50 years.

"The family's always felt deep roots in the area and I think there was never really a need or want to leave the central Wisconsin area," said Ray.

There's a fifth generation in the Ryan family, Nicole's two year old daughter. Perhaps in waiting to take over some day too.

To celebrate its milestone, Ryan Manufacturing is hosting an open house at its plant on Thursday.

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