The 400th Manitowoc 2250 crawler crane built at Manitowoc Cranes' factory in Manitowoc, Wis., was recently delivered to Fincantieri Marine Group’s Bay Shipbuilding division, located in nearby Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
“This is a very special milestone that reflects the long-term commitment and faith our customers have in Manitowoc Cranes,” said Matt Borchardt, a regional business manager with Manitowoc. “And it’s very fitting that the 400th Manitowoc 2250 is going to our former sister company, right in our own backyard.”
In all, Bay Shipbuilding has five Manitowoc crawlers in its fleet, one of which it will retire at the end of this year after more than 30 years in service.
“This is really exciting and for us. It doesn’t matter if we’re taking delivery of the 40th or 400th Manitowoc 2250, we are extremely pleased to add a quality-built asset like this crane to our business,” said Thomas Martin, director of purchasing and facilities at Bay Shipbuilding. “We are big fans of Manitowoc cranes and the service that backs them. Even better is that we’re purchasing the crane from our neighbors in Wisconsin.”
Bay Shipbuilding purchased the crane from Milwaukee, Wisc.-based American State Equipment, which is Grove’s oldest distributor. It began selling Grove cranes in 1961 and added Manitowoc crawlers to its lineup in 2005.