Manitowoc Crane Group plans to cut 31 jobs at its Port Washington factory, two months after the company slashed 23 positions at the plant.
The layoffs at the facility, 1190 Mineral Springs Drive, are effective immediately, according to a mass layoff notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Manitowoc Crane management stated in the notice that the company permanently laid off workers in April due to the downturn in the economy and a substantial reduction in production orders at the plant.
“At the time of the April 7 layoff, the company anticipated that these reductions would be sufficient to account for the reduced orders and little or no additional reductions would be necessary,” the notice states. “However, based on additional unforeseeable order cancellations and the unexpected severity of the recent economic downturn, we will be forced to make additional layoffs.”
Manitowoc’s Port Washington plant previously had been occupied by ExacTech Inc., a supplier to Manitowoc. Manitowoc acquired assets of ExacTech in January 2006 and took over the factory.
Manitowoc Crane Group is a unit of Manitowoc Co. (NYSE: MTW), Manitowoc, which makes lattice-boom crawler cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes and boom trucks.