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Grant expected to add jobs at Manitowoc Crane Group

July 26, 2006|by DON AINES

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell Tuesday announced a $599,450 grant to Manitowoc Crane Group as part of a $20 million capital project that is expected to add 241 new jobs at the crane manufacturer's Franklin County plant over the next three years.

In a visit to the plant, Rendell said the project and the state grant will also help the manufacturer retain 1,559 existing jobs.

Manitowoc is increasing its capacity to meet market demand and will purchase new machinery and equipment and renovate the Shady Grove plant, according to a press release from the governor's office.

"These funds will help us update our facility and provide training to our new manufacturing personnel, ensuring a safe workplace and the financial well-being of our employees," John Wheeler, Manitowoc's executive vice president for the Americas, said in the release.

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"When an industry leader like Manitowoc chooses to expand in the commonwealth, it sends a clear message to other companies that we can provide them the resources they need to compete on a global level," Rendell was quoted as saying in the release.

The release stated that Manitowoc Crane Group (formerly Grove Worldwide) also is eligible to apply for a $9.64 million loan through the Citizens Job Bank, which offers low-interest loans to companies "that commit to creating or expanding jobs in Pennsylvania."

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