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Preliminary Manitowoc expansion plans approved

August 29, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Preliminary plans for additions to two of Manitowoc Crane Group's buildings were approved Tuesday night.

The Shady Grove, Pa., company submitted a proposal to the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors that would add 12,600 square feet to its boom building and 18,000 square feet to its crawler assembly building.

"Pending approval, the plan is to finish the expansion by the end of January 2008," communications manager Chris Bratthauar said during a phone interview Tuesday.

He said the reason for the expansion is the need for additional space.

He also added that the 18,000-square-foot addition to the crawler assembly building is based on the possibility of a future addition.

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"Nine-thousand square feet is the actual construction we're going to complete by January 2008 (for the crawler assembly building)," Bratthauar said.

The boom building houses the booms of the cranes made by the company. The boom is the part of the crane that goes up in the air, Bratthauar said.

The crawler assembly building is where tracks are put on the cranes.

"Some of the crawler cranes are being assembled here ... they have tracks like you'd see on a bulldozer," Bratthauar said.

Bratthauar said the company does not know what the cost of the additions will be.

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