The winner of Johnson Financial Group and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's 6th annual Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest is Broadwind Heavy Fabrications' 140 Ton Navy Crane, the WMC announced Thursday.
Broadwind Heavy Fabrications is taking the trophy home to Manitowoc.
Broadwind Heavy Fabrications had high hopes that its 140-ton navy crane would take first. It's the first time that a crane of this size has been built and shipped fully assembled. The crane will support the U.S. Navy in New Hampshire, and Broadwind partnered with Kona Cranes on the project to engineer, fabricate, build, assemble and then ship this crane about 2,100 miles to the East Coast, said Brett Hartman, Business Development Director for Broadwind Heavy Fabrications.
“The whole community came out and watched the crane get launched," Hartman said in a previous interview. "I'd say there were probably four to five thousand people out that day watching the crane leave Manitowoc, and we just got a lot of positive feedback from the community in Manitowoc."