Crown Forklift Parts - The Crown corporation 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 on that same year. At present, his son, James F. Dicke II, is Chairman and CEO. James F. Dicke III, serves as the company President these days, becoming the fourth generation of the Dicke descendants to uphold this position.
Now an internationally diversified company, Crown first manufactured temperature controls for coal burning furnaces, servicing a small client base. The production of these control units took place in a former hardware store located in New Bremen, Ohio, where Crown's headquarters currently remain.
By the year 1949, Crown moved into the making of rotators for antenna due the increased interest in televisions at the time. The product was able to improve the picture and reception quality. The company's successful move allowed them to become a leading maker of units until 2001. The company ceased production in October after a decline in the worldwide need for television antenna rotators.
In the early 1950's Crown diversified into the manufacturing and restoration of electronic and mechanical parts for government and private industry. Following numerous profitable bids within a short period of time, the company had developed a respectable business in this field.
Adaptability and achievement dominated Crown's capability to diversify once again. In 1957, production into the material handling industry began with forklift production. The company believed the industry required a smaller line of top-quality quality forklifts. Crown quickly produced an exceptional series of contemporary equipment and swiftly evolved into the most rapidly evolving materials handling organization with its variety of products.
In 1966, Crown ventured outside of the US material handling marketplace 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 production operations.
In 1968, Crown established itself in the European market by obtaining an Irish production facility from its parent company, Steinbock, who was a German firm. They began to manufacture Crowns' (PTH), hand pallet trucks. Later on that same year, Crown started their first London operation situated close by Heathrow Airport. The sales and service operation of Crown's comprehensive lift truck line was offered in the UK by the end of the decade. In the early 1970's, Crown expanded and began advertising and marketing forklifts across Europe through autonomous sellers.
Crown at present has a huge network of Crown-owned and independently-owned dealers in many key international marketplaces providing a vast fleet of electric lift trucks. They are responsible for managing the company's product sales and service.
There is Corporate offices in Munich, Germany and in New Bremen Ohio, which provide promotional sales and national marketing support to all of their dealers and sales personnel. Crown dealers and sales personnel are trained in-house in many disciplines to ensure the utmost reliability and service. The Munich office was launched in the 1980's and provides purchasing, marketing, engineering and design functions for India, Africa, the Middle East along with Europe. The diverse relations of international sellers and Crown-owned sellers 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 expanding overseas markets, Crown has production 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 successful status as a dependable, safe and forward-thinking 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 innovation. To provide an example, in the 1970's, Crown's launch of the side-stance design proved exciting and unparalleled by materials handling experts. Today, this design has acquired popular 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 original, offering the operator with multiple comfort options to lean, sit or stand, along with its unmatched productivity capability.
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