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Official: Manlift move will have little impact on Grove

December 16, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - Few, if any, jobs at Grove Worldwide will be affected by a decision by its parent company to close production of the Manlift line of aerial work platforms at the Shady Grove plant, according to John McGeehan, the director for human resources for Manitowoc Crane Group America.

Production of the Manlift aerial work platform line will be phased out in January or February as the last customer orders are filled, McGeehan said. Customer service and parts for the Manlift line still will be handled through Grove Worldwide after production ends, he said.

All those involved in Manlift production will continue to work on other product lines at Grove Worldwide, according to McGeehan, who once worked at the Shady Grove plant. The plant will continue to produce mobile hydraulic cranes and National Crane boom trucks, another product line of Wisconsin-based Manitowoc.

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National Crane production is being moved from a plant in Waverly, Neb., to Shady Grove, a process that will be completed by the end of the month, McGeehan said.

"We're already assembling and building National Crane product at Shady Grove," he said.

McGeehan said Manitowoc has decided to concentrate its aerial work platform production line of vertical mast lifts designed and manufactured in Tonneins, France.

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