Crown Equipment Corp., one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has opened a new regional forklift service training center in Toledo, Ohio. The facility increases the company’s training network to 14 sites globally, including nine regional service training centers in North America.

Located within the Crown-owned branch in Toledo, the new training center is overseen by Rod Schenck, regional service trainer for Crown. It joins the company’s existing U.S. regional training centers in California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Kansas and Texas.

“As the Internet of Things continues to transform the way we interact with machines, data and each other, it is bringing a new level of connectivity to the forklift and the service technician,” said Justin Moore, general manager, service training, Crown Equipment. “Having educated service technicians with high-tech skills is vital to helping reduce maintenance costs, ensure fleets are operational and available when needed, and create a safety-based culture. Crown’s DP training delivers the knowledge and skills service technicians need to keep pace with evolving technology and equipment. They also learn important safety practices so they can continue to play an important role in maintaining a safe working environment.”

Crown’s Demonstrated Performance training for service technicians goes beyond traditional classroom lectures by providing intensive, one-on-one instruction customizable to match the needs of each technician. Through hands-on learning, participants work directly on forklifts with instructor supervision, to learn first-hand the skills and knowledge necessary to keep a fleet running. To complete the program, students are required to demonstrate learned skills during an individual instructor evaluation.

Crown, through its network of regional training centers, company-owned branches and independent dealers, offers a comprehensive range of forklift training programs in addition to DP Service Training, including DP MoveSafe, Train the Operator, DP Leadsafe Train-the-Supervisor, train the trainer and pedestrian training.

Crown is based in New Bremen, Ohio.