Manitowoc Foodservice Breaks New Ground in Cleveland

Published in Convenience Store Products

Site will produce equipment and house marketing, distribution

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking has broken ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Ovens expansion project in Cleveland, Ohio. When the expansion project is completed later in 2013, the operation will include new quality systems, computerized work instructions, lean workflow 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 that 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, according to the company.

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, in a statement released by the company. “I look forward to the benefits this will bring for our customers, community and employees.”

During the groundbreaking 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.

Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Co. Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company’s portfolio of brands includes Cleveland, Convotherm, Delfield, Fabristeel, Frymaster, Garland, Jackson, Kolpak, Kysor Panel Systems, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Multiplex, Merrychef, Servend and Manitowoc Beverage Systems.  For more information visit us www.manitowocfoodservice.com.