Crown Forklift Parts - Two brothers Allen A. Dicke and the late Carl H. Dicke created the Crown company in 1945. Carl's son, James F. Dicke joined the family business later that year. Presently, his son, James F. Dicke II, is Chairman and CEO. James F. Dicke III, serves as the company President at the moment, becoming the fourth generation of the Dicke descendants to maintain this position.
Crown first started with a small client base producing temperature controls that they manufactured for coal burning furnaces. The production of these control units took place in a former hardware store located in New Bremen, Ohio, where Crown's center of operations presently remain.
In 1949, responding to the public's rising interest in television, Crown shifted into the manufacture of antenna rotators. This product was utilized to improve TV reception and image quality. The company's profitable move enabled them to become a leading producer of units until 2001. The company ceased production in October after a decline in the worldwide demand for TV antenna rotators.
In the early 1950's Crown diversified into the manufacturing and restoration of electronic and mechanical parts for government and private industry. After numerous lucrative bids inside a brief period of time, the company had developed a reputable business in this field.
With such flexibility and success, Crown was able to diversify its production to include materials handling equipment. Crown started the manufacture of forklifts and lift vehicles in 1957. The organization believed the industry required a smaller line of superior quality lift trucks. Crown promptly fashioned an exceptional range of modern equipment and swiftly became the most rapidly evolving material handling company with its range of merchandise.
In 1966, Crown ventured outside of the US material handling marketplace and into Australia. Sydney, Australia is home to the regional head office and currently leads Crown's Asia Pacific service, sales and advertising and marketing teams. Crown remains an unwavering industry leader these days, supported by exceptional operations, solid sales and strong manufacturing operations.
Two years later, Crown had moved into the European marketplaces by buying up an Irish production plant from a German Company, Steinbock. There they began to build PTH hand pallet trucks. Later that same year, Crown began their first London operation stationed nearby Heathrow Airport. The sales and service operation of Crown's complete lift truck line was available in the UK by the end of the decade. In the early 1970's, Crown expanded and began marketing and advertising lift trucks across Europe through autonomous dealers.
Nowadays, Crown manufactures a vast fleet of electric lift trucks. The company's dealer network, situated in key international markets, consists of both Crown-owned and independently-owned sellers. They are accountable for handling the company's product sales and service.
Corporate offices in New Bremen, Ohio and Munich, Germany provide nationwide advertising and promotional sales support to all supplier and sales personnel. Both Crown sales and supplier personnel are factory- trained in all disciplines to guarantee the utmost reliability and service. The Munich office was launched in the 1980's and offers purchasing, marketing, engineering and design capabilities for India, Africa, the Middle East along with Europe. The diverse family of global sellers and Crown-owned dealers successfully operate in almost 100 overseas city environments.
Crown has established 6 manufacturing locations in the United States that consist of: New Knoxville; Celina, Ohio; Greencastle, Indiana; Kinston, North Carolina; Fort Loramie, Ohio; and New Bremen, Ohio. Serving their growing overseas markets, Crown has manufacturing facilities 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.
Crown has earned a profitable reputation as a dependable, trustworthy and progressive company by contented consumers worldwide. The company has earned over 50 distinguished design awards and the Crown goods continue to attain recognition for top design superiority and modernization. To provide an example, in the 1970's, Crown's launch of the side-stance design proved exciting and unparalleled by material handling experts. 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, providing the operator with multiple comfort alternatives to lean, sit or stand, along with its unparalleled output capability.
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