Manitowoc will stop production of its National brand articulating boom cranes at the end of 2008.

Existing orders will be built and delivered as originally scheduled but no new orders for articulating cranes will be accepted.

Service and support for the field population of articulating boom trucks will continue indefinitely through Manitowoc Crane Care, Manitowoc confirmed.

Discontinuing production of articulating cranes is "a management decision related to market positioning of the National Crane brand," Manitowoc said.

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