Engineering firm merges with Ayres Associates

EAU CLAIRE — A consulting engineering firm has merged with Eau Claire-based Ayres Associates.

Gausman & Moore, which has offices in Minnesota and California, became a division of Ayres last week, according to the companies.

“Ayres and Gausman & Moore share strong reputations in the government and commercial markets, and our combined experience in the education, energy, health care, residential and industrial markets will bring our clients even greater confidence in our leadership in these areas,” Bruce Ommen, principal engineer and president of Ayres, said in a news release.

Gausman & Moore brings expertise in mechanical, electrical and plumbing design, renewable energy, energy modeling and design software to the merger with Ayres.

Between its offices in the two states, Gausman & Moore has 35 employees, according to the company’s website. Following the merger, Ayres now has a total staff of about 350 people.

Riverfront job fair is Wednesday afternoon

CHIPPEWA FALLS — More than 45 area employers with job openings will be at a job fair this week in downtown Chippewa Falls.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the job fair will be held at Riverfront Park, 12 S. Bridge St.

“This job fair is an excellent opportunity for prospective workers to ease their way back into the job market,” Charlie Walker, CEO of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corp., said in a news release.

That organization is co-sponsoring the job fair with Workforce Resource.

Those interested in speaking with employers are advised to freshen up their resumes and practice interviewing skills prior to attending.

Citizens State Bank plans Stanley branch

STANLEY — Cadott-based Citizens State Bank is expanding by renovating a vacant bank building in Stanley.

Citizens is scheduling an October opening of its new offices at 118 N. Broadway St., which had previously been a Bank Mutual.

“We currently serve many customers from the market and having a physical presence allows us to enhance service and better care for these customers as well as other community members in Stanley and the surrounding communities.” Tim Cruciani, president and CEO of Citizens, said in a news release.

Hannah Cowan, Citizens’ region manager for its Eagle Point and Cornell markets, will lead the new Stanley branch. The office will have three to four additional employees working there, plus Citizens employees located elsewhere that will support the new market for the bank.

The new full-service Stanley branch will include a drive-up and ATM.

From staff reports