Manitowoc provides job training to women in need

By Hannah Sundermeyer22 February 2023

Manitowoc has partnered with a Hagerstown, MD residential treatment facility to provide new beginnings for women recovering from substance use.

On Thursday, February 9, 2023, the home’s residents, joined by Brooke’s House founders Kevin and Dana Simmers and Manitowoc representatives, dedicated the property as “The Manitowoc House.”

The women have graduated from substance abuse treatment through the local Brooke’s House program and are now taking the first steps to independence with full-time careers at Manitowoc Cranes in Shady Grove, PA. Manitowoc has been a corporate sponsor of Brooke’s House since its founding. In 2022, the company began providing job training and employment in welding and assembly operations for women who have graduated from the in-treatment portion of the Brooke’s House program.

“We feel the three key pieces to success for women in recovery are to equip them with social skills, job training and a purpose,” said Simmers. “We were looking for area employers that would give our graduates a chance, and Manitowoc stepped up to the plate. We never asked for preferential treatment for our residents, just the opportunity.”

Since July 2022, ten women have been trained by Manitowoc in welding and assembly operations, and are now helping build mobile hydraulic cranes, crawler cranes, and boom trucks under the company’s Manitowoc, Grove, National Crane and Shuttlelift brands.

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