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Osseo company bringing jobs from Mexico to Wisconsin

An Osseo company has adopted a strategy rarely seen in today's economy: moving jobs from Mexico to the United States. Global Finishing Solutions is putting the final touches on a $10 million project that's ultimately expected to create 111 new jo...

An Osseo company has adopted a strategy rarely seen in today's economy: moving jobs from Mexico to the United States.

Global Finishing Solutions is putting the final touches on a $10 million project that's ultimately expected to create 111 new jobs over the next three years. Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday that the company is eligible for up to $600,000 in economic development tax credits to construct and equip an addition to its headquarters in Osseo.

"After moving an acquired second manufacturing facility from Canada to Mexico several years ago, we have determined that the consolidation of this manufacturing capacity in Osseo will allow us to provide better customer service, higher quality control and increased responsiveness to the markets we serve," said Rick Binder, president of GFS, in a news release.

Global Finishing Solutions produces paint booths, finishing systems and other products. Industries it serves include automotive and truck, aerospace and industrial. The company will have 310 to 315 employees once the positions are filled, said Chief Operating Officer Jim Faragher.

"It's great for Wisconsin to see homegrown companies like Global Finishing Solutions expand and add high quality jobs in our state," Walker said in a news release.

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The expansion, which includes about 60,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing space, will allow the company to consolidate all manufacturing operations in Osseo, where it currently has around 270 workers. Much of the manufacturing work was moved from a plant in Monterrey, Mexico. GFS will continue to have a Canadian office that handles sales, engineering, marketing and parts and filters, and a Mexican office for sales and support.

"GFS' success is attributed to the highly skilled and dedicated workforce found within the local market," Faragher said. "It is our belief that the current labor force is available to support the continued growth of GFS."

Marlaire can be reached at 715-833-9215, 800-236-7077 or liam.marlaire@ecpc.com .

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