Alliance Laundry Systems, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment, has announced a planned $23 million investment to increase production capacity for current and new products, and to purchase tooling and equipment at its Ripon, Wis. plant. The expansion will add more than 20,000 square feet to the existing assembly, metal stamping and press shop facilities. Also, it will create more than 250 skilled jobs, adding to the company’s current 1,300 member Ripon workforce.

This expansion will result in a ramp up of production rates, with project completion expected in the summer of 2013. It will not impact ongoing production.

The project is expected to increase Alliance Laundry’s production capacity for small chassis washers and dryers by more than 40 percent. This means that the company will be able to meet increasing customer demand for the most reliable and durable products available on the market today.

“Alliance Laundry is experiencing unprecedented growth across our product portfolio,” said Mike Schoeb, Alliance Laundry President and CEO. “Demand for our small chassis products, domestically and internationally, is driving this phase of our expansion strategy. We have the best distribution network in the industry and our customers depend on us to deliver outstanding equipment on schedule. This expansion will guarantee that we can continue to meet that expectation.