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Crown Equipment Corporation’s Major Dayton Region Expansion Taking Shape

In October 2018, Crown Equipment Corporation announced plans for a new expansion. The $130 million expansion project will create 563 new jobs at multiple locations in the Dayton Region. Their expanded Ohio footprint will give the company additional assembly and manufacturing capacity, as well as expanded logistics capabilities, to fulfill the growing global demand for their product. 

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, was founded in New Bremen, Ohio, in 1945. Crown Equipment designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports forklift trucks and other material handling products. Crown Equipment has 19 manufacturing facilities and more than 500 retail locations in over 80 countries.

Crown Equipment has been a leader in its industry for more than half a century, and their business continues to adapt to changing industry needs. The increasing demand for Crown products called for significant growth across their operations. 

Crown chose to expand in New Bremen for two reasons: the region’s skilled manufacturing workforce, and proximity to transportation resources. The expansion will give the company additional capacity and allow it to leverage the region’s logistics infrastructure to ensure speed-to-market. 
Randy Niekamp, vice president of human resources for Crown told the Dayton Business Journal, "It will give us additional assembly and manufacturing capacity, as well as additional storage capacity."

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