Crown Forklift Parts - The Crown company was founded in 1945 by two brothers, Allen A. Dicke and the late Carl H. Dicke. Carl's son and Chairman Emeritus, James F. Dicke, joined the family business later that same year. Currently, his son, James F. Dicke II, is Chairman and CEO. James F. Dicke III, serves as the company Head at the moment, becoming the fourth generation of the Dicke descendants to uphold this position.
Now an internationally diversified organization, Crown first built temperature controls for coal burning furnaces, servicing a small clientÃ¨le. The production of these control units took place in a former hardware store stationed in New Bremen, Ohio, where Crown's head office presently remain.
In 1949, responding to the public's growing fascination with television, Crown shifted into the making of antenna rotators. This product was used to improve TV reception and picture quality. The company's lucrative 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.
Crown soon diversified its manufacturing to include the repair of mechanized and electrical parts for private and government use in the early 1950's. Following a number of profitable bids inside a brief period of time, the company had developed a respectable business in this field.
With such flexibility and success, Crown was able to expand its production to incorporate materials handling equipment. Crown began production of forklifts and lift trucks in 1957. The organization believed the market demanded a smaller line of superior quality lift trucks. Crown immediately produced an exceptional range of progressive equipment and swiftly became the most rapidly evolving materials handling organization with its assortment of products.
In 1966, Crown ventured outside of the US material handling market and into Australia. Sydney, Australia is home to the regional head office and presently leads Crown's Asia Pacific service, sales and marketing and advertising teams. Crown remains an unwavering industry leader today, supported by exceptional service, solid sales and strong manufacturing operations.
Two years later, Crown had moved into the European markets by buying up an Irish manufacturing facility from a German Company, Steinbock. There they began to construct PTH hand pallet trucks. Later on that same year, Crown started their first London operation stationed near Heathrow Airport. The sales and service operation of Crown's comprehensive lift truck line was available in the UK by the end of the decade. In the early 1970's, Crown expanded and began advertising and marketing lift trucks across Europe through independent sellers.
Crown at present has a large network of Crown-owned and independently-owned sellers in many key global markets offering a vast fleet of electric lift trucks. They are accountable for handling the company's product sales and service.
Corporate offices in New Bremen, Ohio and Munich, Germany provide national advertising and promotional sales support to all seller and sales personnel. Both Crown sales and seller personnel are factory- trained in all disciplines to ensure the utmost reliability and service. The Munich office was launched in the 1980's and provides 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 sellers effectively operate in almost 100 foreign 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 lift trucks in Sydney, Australia ever 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 clientÃ¨le around the world, Crown has built an excellent reputation as a maker of progressive, safe and dependable machines. The company has been awarded more than 50 distinguished design awards and the products that Crown develops continues to attain recognition for modernization and top design excellence. For example, 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 general acceptance and earned a Design of the Decade award from the International Design Society of America. Again, more than thirty years later, the 5200S Series Reach Truck is another market first, offering the operator with multiple comfort alternatives to lean, sit or stand, along with its unequaled output capacity.
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