Steel company’s purchase may bring 50-60 jobs to area

Pictured is the former Konecranes facility along Interstate 75 in Franklin. Crawford Metal Corporation, a steel and metals manufacturer, purchased the facility for $3.1 million, according to Franklin city officials. The company will create 50 to 60 new jobs, city officials said. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Pictured is the former Konecranes facility along Interstate 75 in Franklin. Crawford Metal Corporation, a steel and metals manufacturer, purchased the facility for $3.1 million, according to Franklin city officials. The company will create 50 to 60 new jobs, city officials said. ED RICHTER/STAFF

As many as 60 jobs could be created locally after a steel distributor purchased a Franklin building.

The former Konecranes facility at 213 Industrial Drive was purchased earlier this week by Canadian-based Crawford Metal Corporation for $3.1 million, according to Franklin City Manager Sonny Lewis.

With the ownership change, 50 to 60 jobs may be created by the company that distributes manufactured steel products, Lewis said.

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The 77,000-square-foot facility was originally built by MPH Crane in 1995. That company assembled and repaired overhead cranes.

Crane manufacturer Konecranes was housed in the building until 2015. Konecranes’ U.S. headquarters is based in Springfield, Ohio, about 45 miles north of Franklin.

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