Alliance Laundry Systems Buys Plant to Aid Expansion

American Coin-Op | 8/12/2019 | Staff Writer
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RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Alliance Laundry Systems reports it has closed on its purchase of the former Manitowoc (Wisconsin) Crane Company plant. The building covering more than 330,000 square feet will be used to help grow production at the Ripon facility.

Like many companies, Alliance says it has battled to fill openings amid a tight labor market and a particularly competitive Fox Valley area. In addition, the move will create up to 250 positions, helping boost the Manitowoc economy and re-open the now-shuttered plant.

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The move is not intended to reduce positions in Ripon, Alliance says, as staff will be redeployed elsewhere in that facility.

Cost of the project, which also includes upgrades to the Ripon facility, is approximately $30 million.

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“Today marks an exciting new chapter in our company’s 111-year history,” says 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.”

Plans call for work to begin in Manitowoc—some 80 miles northeast of Ripon—in early September; roughly 80,000 square feet will be occupied immediately this year for subassembly production, and plastics work is likely to be added next year.

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