Manitowoc’s new factory in Brazil, located in Passo Fundo, a city in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, was inaugurated last month. . It is the company’s first crane factory in Latin America and will initially supply Grove rough-terrain cranes, not only to Brazil but across the region.Customers and crane owners throughout Brazil travelled to the event, while others flew in from countries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Panama and Uruguay.Larry Weyers, Executive Vice President for Manitowoc in the Americas, said the visitor turnout reflected the factory’s standing in the industry. The factory will initially manufacture a range of Grove rough terrain cranes, which have already been popular with contractors and rental companies in Latin America. Allowing customers to source these cranes faster and more cost-effectively through Passo Fundo will increase their popularity further.Meanwhile, Bruce Peterson has been promoted to senior regional business manager for the North America Midwest territory. In this role, he will work with Manitowoc Crane distributors Kirby Smith, Hayden Murphy and Walter Payton Power to develop and strengthen Manitowoc’s market presence and share.