Governor Wolf Announces 250 New Jobs with Company Expansion in Franklin County
August 09, 2016
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Manitowoc Cranes LLC, a global manufacturer of cranes and lift solutions, will expand its presence in Antrim Township, Franklin County by consolidating an out-of-state site into its site in Pennsylvania — a move that will create 250 new jobs over the next three years. Additionally, Manitowoc has agreed to maintain new, and retain its current positions, for an additional four years.
“As a major employer in Franklin County for many years, we welcome Manitowoc’s decision to move its operations, and create more than 250 new jobs to Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Manitowoc is committed to the community in Franklin County and understands that this is the best location to grow its business and make impactful investments within the region and beyond.”
To optimize its manufacturing footprint, reduce costs, and expand margins, Manitowoc will relocate its manufacturing operations from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Shady Grove, Pennsylvania. The company has committed to an investment of at least $19 million in the project, which consists of relocation and the purchase of equipment to support new product lines. Manitowoc has also committed to the creation of 250 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, and the retention of its current Pennsylvania workforce of 891 employees
“After a comprehensive analysis and review of our current manufacturing footprint, coupled with current market conditions, we believe this restructuring initiative will ensure that our business continues to meet and exceed the needs of our customers every day,” said Barry Pennypacker, Manitowoc president and chief executive officer.
Manitowoc received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that consists of a $1.35 million Pennsylvania First program grant.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC).
“The Manitowoc decision to consolidate and expand its crane production in Shady Grove is the result of the collaborative efforts of the FCADC, Governor’s Action Team, and SCPa Works, coupled with Pennsylvania ‘s pro-business climate,” Mike Ross, FCADC president. “Today’s decision stands to have very favorable long-term impacts on our local manufacturing economy.”
Founded in 1902, Manitowoc is a leading global manufacturer of cranes and lift solutions with manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities in 20 countries. Manitowoc is recognized as one of the premier innovators and providers of crawler cranes, tower cranes, and mobile cranes for the heavy construction industry, which are complemented by a slate of industry-leading aftermarket product support services.
For more information on Manitowoc, visit www.manitowoc.com.
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