Prism Manufacturing to move to former Simplicity plant in Port Washington

Prism Manufacturing, a precision machine shop operation, plans to moves its operations from Brookfield and Manitowoc to the former Simplicity Manufacturing Co. plant in Port Washington.

Prism will occupy 30,000 square feet of the 407,000-square-foot complex of buildings at 500 S. Spring St., Port Washington.

Prism Manufacturing was formed in 2009 when G&P Machine Company Inc. acquired the assets of Panda Industries Inc. The company specializes in precision screw machining.

Prism will bring 24 jobs to the Port Washington facility. The company has 12 current employees that will move to the facility, and it plans to hire another 12 employees.

The Port Washington plant was formerly used to build snowthrowers and riding lawn mowers by the Simplicity division of Wauwatosa-based Briggs & Stratton Corp., which closed the plant in 2008, eliminating about 325 jobs.

After the building was closed by Briggs & Stratton, it was sold to Chris Coakley, the owner of Milwaukee-based C. Coakley Relocation Systems Inc. Coakley’s company is using a portion of the building and he is leasing the rest to other tenants.

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