MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Manitowoc Crane broke ground Monday on an expansion project expected to add about 70 jobs and help the company meet an increasing demand for its products.
The addition in Manitowoc is part of a $25.7 million expansion plan for facilities in Manitowoc and Port Washington. The company had announced its plan in August to expand the Port Washington fabrication facility.
''The renovations will not only help us meet a growing demand for crawler cranes, but it will also support future product development efforts,'' said Larry Weyers, executive vice president of the crane division's Americas region.
The expansion in Manitowoc will provide about 50,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space for large cranes, Weyers said. He said the project should be completed in spring 2008.
Mayor Kevin Crawford, who worked at Manitowoc Cranes from 1976-83, said the expansion means company employees can expect to have jobs available into the future.
''To see Manitowoc companies putting money into the ground in our city, that promises great things for our common futures,'' Crawford said.
There now are more than 1,000 Manitowoc Crane employees in Wisconsin, said Steve Brahm, vice president of operations for Manitowoc's crane division.