For employees who work early-morning shifts at 3D printing manufacturer Midwest Prototyping, based in Blue Mounds, nearby housing need not be a concern.

The company, founded in 2001, recently implemented a housing assistance program through the State Bank of Cross Plains, which allows first-time home buyers to receive money toward a down payment. After five years, the loan is forgiven, said Midwest Prototyping president Steve Grundahl.

Midwest Prototyping sometimes needs staff to come in between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. to check on operations and machinery, he said, which he recognized was burdensome and an inconvenience, especially during the health crisis.

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