The custom metal fabricator plans to purchase a 112,000-square-foot facility previously owned by Manitowoc Cranes. The $2.6 million project will be used to facilitate growth in three divisions: custom enclosures, pipe and vessel fabrication, and fabrication and machining.
Todd Robinson, vice president of Robinson Metal, said the new facility will allow the company to expand its capacity and increase revenues. Robinson chose to expand its production in Manitowoc because of the city’s strong manufacturing background, especially in fabrication and assembly, he said.
“We are a community-focused company,” Robinson said. “We are very excited to be a part of the Manitowoc community and expand the Robinson Metal family of employees to the Lakeshore.”
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is supporting the project by authorizing up to $350,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Robinson Metal will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.
In addition to the 94 jobs the company expects to create, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 55 additional jobs in the region.
Headquartered in De Pere, Robinson Metal opened its Manitowoc facility in 2018.