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Manitowoc donates US $150,000 to women’s rehab facility

Manitowoc donates $150,000 to women's rehab facility, Brooke's House.

Brooke’s House, a female rehabilitation facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, has received a total of US $150,000 from Manitowoc and its affiliates in donations.

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Receiving US $100,000 directly from the manufacturer and a further $50,000 from Manitowoc’s dealers and customers, the funds will go straight into aiding women in recovery from substance abuse.

David Hull, Manitowoc’s GM for mobile cranes, North America, praised the efforts of founders of Brooke’s House, Kevin and Dana Simmers at a customer event at the company.

“I’ve known Kevin for 35 years and I understand the journey that he and Dana have been on,” he said. “I’m incredibly proud of my company for supporting Brooke’s House.”


Hull further shared the story behind the partnership between Brooke’s House and Manitowoc that, on top of donating to the facility, has seen Manitowoc employ nearly 20 graduates from the facility at its Shady Grove, Pennsylvania factory. Hull also expressed his admiration for the initiative, commitment of Manitowoc’s executive team to support the cause, and funding from the Manitowoc Foundation.

“Every person on the stage here has visited Brooke’s House, met the women, and witnessed the real impact of our support,” he said. “This is not just a partnership, it’s a commitment to building something real and meaningful in our community.”

Simmers also spoke at the event, discussing Brooke’s House’s origin and future goals, including expanding mental health services by building a $1.5 million equine therapy facility. According to Manitowoc, he emphasised the importance of community and industry support in making a difference, saying the foundation was “extremely grateful” for the support received.

“Manitowoc gives Brooke’s House graduates the chance to join its workforce and build a new life,” he said. “The support we’ve received from Manitowoc and its community truly exemplifies what makes this country great.”

The partnership between Manitowoc and Brooke’s House dates back to 2020. In 2023, a small ceremony marked the designation of a restored bungalow in Hagerstown, where some of Brooke’s House graduates live, as ‘The Manitowoc House’.

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