Crown Equipment’s New Bremen Plant Receiving Top Environmental Recognition by Ohio EPA

Ohio EPA Assistant Director Laura Factor today presented Crown Equipment Corporation’s New Bremen electronics assembly plant with the Agency’s highest award for environmental stewardship, naming the facility an Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program Gold-level Award recipient.

Crown, which is one of the world’s largest material handling companies, designs, manufactures, distributes and services forklifts, material handling equipment and associated components. Crown promotes a corporate culture that embraces environmental sustainability and environmentalism.

In 2014, Crown was the first company to earn E3 gold level recognition at its nearby New Knoxville manufacturing facility. The electronics assembly plant in New Bremen will be the company’s second and the state’s fifth gold level facility. Crown’s world headquarters is located in New Bremen.

“It’s quite an accomplishment to have a second plant earn gold status in our E3 program. Crown continues to demonstrate that its commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability is part of being a good corporate citizen,” Assistant Director Factor said.

The award-winning plant, one of five Crown plants in New Bremen, manufactures and assembles the circuit boards and control modules for Crown forklifts. This supports the company’s vertical integration philosophy, which enhances quality control and ensures best practices in design, manufacturing and environmental management.

The E3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. The gold level recognizes businesses that exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance.

“Crown Equipment’s dedication to environmental sustainability and stewardship reflects the wishes and values of our customers and our employees, and has been institutionalized through our Ecologic program,” said Jim Dicke III, president, Crown Equipment. “Those values are at the core of our long-standing environmental management programs intended to minimize our impact and improve the environment while meeting the needs and expectations of our customers.”

Crown’s Ecologic program is founded on the principles of minimizing waste, managing energy and maximizing lifespan. This employee-driven improvement program led to increased use of returnable containers, eliminating the generation of cardboard waste from the facility. The electronics assembly plant is ISO 14001 compliant and has achieved zero landfill status.

The company installed a closed-loop steam cleaning system at the facility, replacing a solvent-based system and eliminating chemical use while responsibly using and reusing water. Crown also recycles metals, including copper, gold, silver, brass, lead, nickel, tin and scrap steel along with other recyclable materials such as plastic bottles, banding, bubble and shrink wrapping, paper and cardboard. Lighting and HVAC upgrades are expected to reduce energy consumption.

To earn a gold-level award, a business must have an excellent environmental compliance record, exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance. The award is open to business, industry, professional and trade organizations and government entities in Ohio.

Go online to learn more about the E3 program or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.

Click here to learn more about Crown’s Ecologic program or to download the company’s sustainability report.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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