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. Currently, 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 family to maintain this position.
Now an internationally diversified corporation, Crown originally manufactured temperature controls for coal burning furnaces, servicing a small clientele. The assembly of these control items took place in a former hardware store located in New Bremen, Ohio, where Crown's head office currently remain.
In 1949, responding to the public's rising fascination with TV, Crown moved into the manufacture of antenna rotators. This product was used to enhance 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 production and repair of electronic and mechanized components for government and private market. Following a number of successful bids inside a short period of time, the company had built a highly regarded business in this field.
Versatility and success dominated Crown's ability to diversify once again. In 1957, production into the materials handling industry began with lift truck production. The organization believed the market required a smaller line of superior quality forklifts. Crown promptly created an exceptional range of modern equipment and swiftly grew to be the most rapidly evolving materials handling organization with its assortment of products.
In 1966, Crown ventured outside of the US material handling marketplace and into Australia. Sydney, Australia is home to the regional center of operations and currently leads Crown's Asia Pacific service, sales and marketing and advertising teams. Crown remains an unwavering market leader today, supported by exceptional operations, solid sales and solid production operations.
Two years later, Crown had moved into the European markets 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 started their first London operation located nearby Heathrow Airport. The sales and service operation of Crown's complete lift truck line was offered 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 independent sellers.
Nowadays, Crown manufactures a vast fleet of electric lift trucks. The company's vendor network, located in key international markets, consists of both Crown-owned and independently-owned dealers. They are accountable for handling the company's product sales and service.
Corporate offices in New Bremen, Ohio and Munich, Germany offer nationwide advertising and promotional sales support to all seller and sales personnel. Both Crown sales and supplier personnel are factory- trained in all disciplines to ensure 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 intercontinental dealers and Crown-owned sellers successfully operate in nearly 100 foreign 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 foreign 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 more than 30 locations in the USA. International branch sales and service center operations consist of locations in Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Korea, Malaysia, England, Germany, Belgium and Australia.
Through its numerous clientele around the world, Crown has built an first-rate reputation as a manufacturer of progressive, safe and dependable machines. The company has been awarded more than 50 prominent design awards and the products that Crown develops continues to attain credit for innovation and top design excellence. To provide an example, in the 1970's, Crown's introduction of the side-stance design proved exciting and unparalleled by materials handling professionals. Today, this design has gained common 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 industry original, offering the operator with multiple comfort alternatives to lean, sit or stand, along with its unmatched output capacity.
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