Turning over the ceremonial dirt was Glen Tellock, Manitowoc’s Chairman and CEO; John Stevenson, VPGM – Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking; Kristi Tanner, Managing Director of JobsOhio; Councilman Michael Polensek; Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development; Larry Benders, Director of Development; and Phil Dei Dolori, Executive Vice President of Manitowoc Foodservice.
When the expansion project is completed later in 2013, the operation will include new quality systems, computerized work instructions, lean work flow systems, and state-of-the-art warehouse operations. The Cleveland facility will produce Cleveland Steamers, Garland® convection ovens, Convotherm® combi ovens, and Lincoln conveyor ovens, along with managing the marketing and distribution of Manitowoc's Merrychef® brand speed ovens.
In addition to the manufacturing space, the new building will include a commercial kitchen which will be used for customer support (such as menu development and training), equipment testing, and sales training.
The expanded operation will improve the service provided to foodservice customers and channel partners in the U.S. and regional markets around the world. Anticipated customer benefits include improved product availability, consolidated shipments for faster speeds and lower costs, expanded customer support, and increased reinvestment in product development.
Total investment in the project is estimated at over $8 million, with more than 100 new manufacturing jobs to be created.
"The growth and investment taking place is great news for all of us," said Glen Tellock, Chairman and CEO of Manitowoc. "I look forward to the benefits this will bring for our customers, community, and employees. By working together, we are Building Something Real - a bright future right here in Cleveland."
During the Ground Breaking Ceremony, Manitowoc Foodservice also thanked the city of Cleveland, its Department of Economic Development, Cuyahoga County, the State of Ohio, and the UAW for their partnership in making this expansion a reality. "This is a great example of government, business, and labor working together," said John Stevenson, VPGM - Ovens and Advanced Cooking. "I also want to thank our dedicated employees here in Cleveland. None of this would be possible without their dedication, support, and hard work."