LAWRENCE – An expansion by a Green Bay area custom metal fabricator is expected to bring 30 new jobs to Manitowoc by May, with more likely to follow in both Manitowoc and Lawrence.
Robinson Metal, Inc. announced the expansion to a 112,000-square-foot plant in Manitowoc at a press conference Wednesday. The move comes amid increasing sales of custom enclosures, large metal structures used to house backup power generation equipment for places like hospitals and municipalities and data centers.
The initial expansion is expected to create about 30 new jobs, with plans for 90 additional workers over the next three years, said Sam Thomas, operations manager for Robinson.
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Fabricators and assemblers are being sought by Robinson to fill the newly created positions.
Overall business growth in recent years means the company is also seeking workers at its existing 185,000-square-foot facility in Lawrence. Those jobs include fabricators and assemblers as well as estimators, project managers and heating and cooling service technicians.
The expansion is important to Manitowoc, which saw the departure of hundreds of jobs when Manitowoc Cranes moved most of its operations to Pennsylvania in 2016 and 2017.
“To have a major employer come in and use one of the buildings, bring a lot of the workforce back into that building, and to grow and connect with a lot of the other suppliers in our area is a huge impact,” said Peter Wills, executive director of Progress Lakeshore, a regional economic development agency.
Robinson plans to start production in Manitowoc in May, with additional future expansion planned for fabrication, machine and pipe and vessel divisions as new contracts are secured.
“We’re quickly outgrowing the (Lawrence) facility and need to expand to continue to provide capacity to our customers,” Thomas said.
Prospective employees can find more information and an application at https://www.robinsonmetal.com/careers.
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