The two additions will allow Manitowoc to increase capacity, improve lead times and improve quality throughout the factory. It will specifically impact the rough-terrain crane and all-terrain crane production lines. In total, the new expansion has added 170 new jobs to the facility.

Eric Etchart, president of Manitowoc Cranes, also spoke at the ceremony. He explained that Shady Grove plays a key role in Manitowoc’s global manufacturing strategy.

“Shady Grove is one of our flagship factories,” he said. “For our customers it represents everything that is great about our company – tradition, strength, reputation and quality. We want to build on our success here. Grove has enjoyed 60 strong years in the community. We want to lay the foundations now for the next 60 years, and beyond.”

Manitowoc’s Shady Grove manufacturing plant produces Grove all-terrain cranes, rough-terrain cranes, truck-mounted cranes and industrial cranes. It also produces boom trucks under the National Crane brand name.

Glen Tellock, president and CEO of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., was keynote speaker for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He said the new expansion demonstrates Manitowoc’s commitment to meeting the continuing high levels of demand in the crane industry.

“We want to show our customers that with the changes in Shady Grove, and in our other factories, we are demonstrating Manitowoc’s commitment to this industry and building for the future,” he said. “We will show that we can build cranes faster and improve quality at the same time.”