Alliance Laundry Systems, a global leader in commercial laundry equipment, has closed on its purchase of the former Manitowoc Crane Co. plant in Manitowoc, Wis.

   The more than 330,000-square-foot Manitowoc location will be used to help grow production at the Ripon facility.

   Like many companies, Alliance 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.

   “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 call 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.

Read the full story in the Aug. 8, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.