Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon, Wisconsin, has closed the purchase of the former Manitowoc Crane Company plant in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The location will be used to help grow production at Alliance’s Ripon facility, according to press reports. In addition, the move will create up to 250 positions, helping boost the Manitowoc economy and reopening the plant.
“Today marks an exciting new chapter in our company’s 111-year history,” said Mike Schoeb, CEO of Alliance Laundry Systems. “By shifting some functions to the new facility, we will be able to grow high value production locally and increase the output of this factory with additional job creation in both communities. This truly is a win for Ripon, Manitowoc and Alliance Laundry Systems.”
Plans called for work to begin in Manitowoc in early September. The move is not intended to reduce positions in Ripon, as staff will be redeployed elsewhere in the facility.
“As we anticipate significant increased demand for the high-quality Ripon products, we had to find a way to drive efficiency, increase production and maintain our commitment to our team members along with the Ripon community,” said Brad Nye, vice president of manufacturing for Alliance Laundry Systems. “We needed to do this against the backdrop of achieving 2025 goals. This plan is a critical component that enables us to unlock the potential of the Ripon plant – growing jobs and production toward our vision of creating a world-class manufacturing facility that fully leverages technology by 2025.”