Crown Forklift Part - Two brothers Allen A. Dicke and the late Carl H. Dicke formed the Crown corporation in 1945. Carl's son, James F. Dicke joined the family company later on that year. Presently, his son, James F. Dicke II, is Chairman and CEO. James F. Dicke III, serves as the company Head today, becoming the fourth generation of the Dicke family to uphold this position.
Now an globally diversified corporation, Crown first manufactured temperature controls for coal burning furnaces, servicing a small clientele. The production of these control units took place in a former hardware store stationed in New Bremen, Ohio, where Crown's center of operations presently remain.
In 1949, responding to the public's mounting interest in TV, Crown moved into the manufacture of antenna rotators. This product was used to improve television reception and image quality. The company's successful move enabled them to become a leading manufacturer of units until 2001. The company ceased production in October after a decline in the global need for TV antenna rotators.
In the early 1950's Crown diversified into the production and repair of electronic and mechanical machinery for government and private market. Following several successful bids within a brief period of time, the company had developed a highly regarded business in this field.
Flexibility and achievement dominated Crown's capability to diversify once again. In 1957, production into the material handling market began with forklift manufacturing. The organization believed the market required a smaller line of top-quality quality forklifts. Crown promptly fashioned an exceptional series of progressive equipment and swiftly evolved into the most rapidly evolving material handling organization with its assortment of merchandise.
By 1966, Crown had ventured into the overseas material handling markets by opening up shop in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is at this time a regional headquarters for Crown for all Pacific Asian sales, marketing, and services. Crown remains an unwavering market leader today, supported by exceptional operations, solid sales and solid manufacturing operations.
In 1968, Crown established itself in the European market by purchasing an Irish manufacturing plant from its parent company, Steinbock, who was a German firm. They started to manufacture Crowns' (PTH), hand pallet trucks. Later that same year, Crown started their first London operation situated close by Heathrow Airport. The sales and service operation of Crown's complete forklift line was accessible in the UK by the end of the decade. In the early 1970's, Crown expanded and began marketing and advertising forklifts across Europe through independent dealers.
These days, Crown manufactures a vast fleet of electric forklifts. The company's dealer network, based in key global markets, consists of both Crown-owned and independently-owned dealers. They are responsible for handling the company's product sales and service.
There is Corporate facilities in Munich, Germany and in New Bremen Ohio, which offer promotional sales and nationwide advertising support to all of their dealers and sales personnel. Crown sellers and sales personnel are trained in-house in many disciplines to guarantee the utmost reliability and service. The Munich office was launched in the 1980's and delivers purchasing, marketing and advertising, engineering and design functions for India, Africa, the Middle East along with Europe. The diverse family of international dealers and Crown-owned dealers successfully operate in nearly 100 overseas city environments.
The 6 USA manufacturing locations for Crown include New Bremen, Ohio; New Knoxville, Ohio; Fort Loramie, Ohio; Celina, Ohio; Kinston, North Carolina; and Greencastle, Indiana. Crown proudly manufactures globally, producing forklifts in Sydney, Australia since 1966, Queretaro, Mexico since 1973, Roding, Germany since 1986 and Suzhou, China since 2006. Crown also owns branch sales and service center operations in over 30 locations in the USA. International branch sales and service center operations include locations in Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Korea, Malaysia, England, Germany, Belgium and Australia.
Through its numerous clientele on all sides of the world, Crown has built an outstanding reputation as a manufacturer of forward-thinking, safe and reliable machines. The company has been awarded more than 50 distinguished design awards and the products that Crown develops continues to attain recognition for innovation and top design excellence. Just to illustrate, in the 1970's, Crown's introduction of the side-stance design proved exciting and unparalleled by material handling specialists. Today, this design has acquired popular acceptance and earned a Design of the Decade award from the International Design Society of America. Once again, more than thirty years later, the 5200S Series Reach Truck is another market first, providing the operator with many comfort alternatives to lean, sit or stand, along with its unequaled output capacity.
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