The Brillion News
MANITOWOC - Governor Tony Evers on Friday, February 28, announced a $2.2 million Harbor Assistance Program grant for improvements at the Manitowoc harbor to support the manufacturing, assembly and shipping of cranes for the US Navy.
New load-out and rail platforms will be constructed at the City Centre, LLC property to handle oversize, overweight cranes.
“These harbor improvements provide double benefits. The grant helps create new highly-skilled jobs in Wisconsin. It also helps contain transportation costs, making future manufacturing contracts even more attractive,” Evers said.
The improvements are needed to enable Konecranes and Broadwind Towers and Heavy Fabrications to manufacture enormous cranes for the US Navy. Once manufactured, the cranes must be tested and shipped fully assembled the east coast.
“Without these improvements to City Centre, these jobs would likely be lost to an out-of-state port,” said Craig Thompson, Department of Transportation Secretary-nominee.
Created in 1979, the DOT Harbor Assistance Program helps harbor authorities maintain and improve commercial harbors.