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Crown Equipment Showcases Lean and Sustainable Manufacturing Processes at International Manufacturing Conference

NEW BREMEN, Ohio (October 13, 2015) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, is sharing some of its best practices regarding the company’s lean and sustainable manufacturing initiatives through presentations and facility tours at this year’s Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) International Conference, October 19-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tonja Rammel, Crown’s environmental, health and safety manager, and Brian Duffy, Crown’s director of corporate environmental and manufacturing safety, will focus their presentation on strategies for improving environmental health and safety (EH&S) processes and share insights from the company’s collaborative, employee-led EH&S approach. Kim Leopold, Crown’s senior advanced manufacturing engineer, and David Tumbusch, Crown’s director of manufacturing, will discuss in a separate presentation how to establish an efficient, effective and flexible lean management system powered by involved, knowledgeable employees.

“We always appreciate the opportunity to discuss best practices with our peers who are also incorporating lean and sustainability into their environments,” said Dave Besser, senior vice president of manufacturing, Crown Equipment. “This event provides an excellent opportunity for our team to share with the manufacturing community what we’ve learned and applied to help achieve our business and customer service goals.”

As part of the conference, attendees also have an opportunity to tour Crown manufacturing facilities, including the company’s New Knoxville, Ohio, facility that has earned national recognition for sustainability achievements. The facility’s employees recently garnered the first-ever, gold-level award in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program and a Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). The tour showcases Crown’s Lean Management System and utilization of the four elements of lean management: leader standard work, visual controls, daily accountability and leader discipline.

For a complete overview of Crown’s environmental initiatives and achievements, download a copy of company’s ecologic Report.

According to its website, the AME International Conference is the largest lean conference in the world, providing attendees an opportunity to “learn from the insights of world-class, highly successful practitioners who have been there and done that.” Established in 1985, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence is an organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence.

 About Crown Equipment Corporation

Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown’s business philosophy utilizes vertically integrated processes to design, manufacture and distribute forward-thinking, innovative solutions that improve customers’ productivity and operating efficiency. Crown produces a broad range of forklifts as well as automation and fleet management technologies.

The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, USA, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Its employees number more than 12,000 worldwide. Crown operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. To learn more about Crown’s ideas for helping customers advance the productivity of their operations, visit



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