Pat Bischel, owner and president of Northern Crossarm, talks about the business celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS — Pat Bischel is proud that a company started by his grandfather Joseph, seven years before the start of the Great Depression, is still alive and thriving today.