SBA’s Markowitz to Announce and Tour Marathon County ‘SBA 100’ Success Story

Schofield’s Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc. recently hires 120 employees; named to ‘SBA 100’ for growth and job creation

MILWAUKEE--()--U.S. Small Business Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz will tour Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc--a Schofield, Wisconsin SBA success story. Mark and Laurie Matthiae founded Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc. with a vision of providing the market with the best coatings available. Crystal Finishing will be announced as part of the ‘SBA 100.’ Since receiving an SBA 504 loan, the company increased revenue, expanded to eight operating departments, and have added 120 employees to their already existing 290-person workforce over the past 12 months. Crystal Finishing is predicting a record year for 2011 and hoping to employ approximately 500 people by 2012.

The SBA 100 features one hundred businesses that have created at least 100 jobs since receiving SBA assistance. Descriptions and a photograph gallery of each of the SBA 100 companies can be found at

The SBA 100 companies include businesses in a variety of industries, from manufacturing, to food and beverage, to shipping. Each business received SBA support in the form of capital, contracting, counseling or investment before going on to create at least 100 jobs.

The SBA provides small businesses with the tools and resources they need to grow and create jobs. The SBA 100 is a cross-section of the diverse array of businesses that stand to benefit from SBA assistance. With the help of SBA, the SBA 100 companies have succeeded and created thousands of jobs across America.

Today, SBA 100 firms like Crystal Finishing Systems in Schofield continue to expand and contribute greatly to their local economy.



Marianne Markowitz, SBA Region V Administrator

Eric Ness, SBA Wisconsin District Director

Mark Matthiae, Owner, Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc.

Laurie Matthiae, Owner, Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc.




10:15 AM—press tour of facility



Crystal Finishing Systems Inc.

2610 Ross Avenue

Schofield, Wisconsin 54476


Editor’s Note: Region V Administrator Markowitz is available for one-on-one interviews after the tour; contact Carol Wilkerson to confirm: or 312-353-7327.

Release Number: 11-14


Carol Wilkerson
312-353-7327 or 224-330-5659


Carol Wilkerson
312-353-7327 or 224-330-5659