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Recession took toll on local economy

Manufacturing, construction, consumer spending all affected

7:12 PM, Dec. 7, 2013
Employee Tony Seehafer of Wausau polishes a Mercury cowl, a plastic part to cover a Mercury boat motor, Wednesday afternoon at Crystal Finishing Systems in Schofield.
Employee Tony Seehafer of Wausau polishes a Mercury cowl, a plastic part to cover a Mercury boat motor, Wednesday afternoon at Crystal Finishing Systems in Schofield.
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"It hit us hard."

That's what Mark Matthiae said about the effect the Great Recession had on his business, Crystal Finishing Systems of Schofield.

Matthiae said the economic downturn forced the company to cut its workforce by about a third, going from 460 employees in 2007 to 310 the next year. ...

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