Johnson Level & Tool, a manufacturer of tools for the masonry and construction industries, was recognized as Mid-Size Business of the Year by Ozaukee Economic Development. By adapting smartly to current economic conditions, the company has been able to increase its workforce by more than 12% and boost revenue more than 27%.

According to an MCAA announcement the Mequon, Wis.-based company adopted

lean manufacturing initiatives that focused on workshop optimization instead of staff reductions, and began expanding international business relationships to increase export to foreign markets ... Francisco Sanchez, Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington County Workforce Development Board President, said about Johnson Level, 'As a locally owned manufacturer with a global impact, the company remains committed to supporting important community causes and business efforts, such as providing leadership on our Board.'

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