Manitowoc Cranes has announced it will build its first Latin American factory in Brazil. The facility will be located in Passo Fundo, a city in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Larry Weyers, executive vice president of Manitowoc Cranes’ Americas region, said the company intends to build different models of cranes at the new factory.
“It’s time for us to start manufacturing here,” he said. “Our philosophy is always to be as close to customers as possible. That applies to everything we do—design, manufacturing, sales and service. Over the last few years, we have significantly enhanced our presence in Latin America, and this new factory demonstrates Manitowoc’s belief in the market potential.”
Construction of the 25,000-sq-m factory is expected to begin in the second or third quarter of 2012. Upon completion, it is expected to generate over 300 jobs. The initial focus of the factory will be the production of mobile hydraulic cranes. Manitowoc anticipates the first cranes will come off the production line as soon as 15 months after construction begins.
Manitowoc Cranes will also maintain its sales and service office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company has been active in Brazil and the wider Latin American market for over 20 years. It runs a regional network of offices and dealerships, including many staff and facilities committed to its Manitowoc Crane Care customer service operation.