Crown TSP 6000 Series Red Hot Turret Stockpicker Awarded Red Dot


NEW BREMEN, Ohio, May 4, 2007 - The international design community continues to recognize the innovation behind Crown Equipment Corporation's TSP 6000 Series. The Turret Stockpicker was recently awarded the 2007 international red dot award: best of the best - one of only 43 products out of more than 2,500 entries to receive this recognition.

The best of the best designation is the highest distinction in the red dot award. Only pioneering top-class products receive this high level of achievement.

"We are pleased that the TSP 6000 has been recognized by the design community and our customers," said Crown Vice President - Design Center Mike Gallagher. "As we designed the TSP 6000, our goal was to create an innovative product that performed for our customers while enhancing operator confidence."

After meeting with operators, warehouse managers and others involved in the materials handling industry from 65 different sites, Crown introduced the TSP 6000 in August 2005. The TSP 6000 has several unique features addressing the needs of the very narrow-aisle market. In addition to blending several tasks simultaneously, the MoveControlTM seat swivels to four different positions for optimum flexibility while the Mono-Mast minimizes twisting and swaying through its exclusive design.
"The TSP 6000 continues the Crown legacy of innovative design that meets our customers' demanding needs and improves their bottom line," said Gallagher.

In addition to the red dot award, Crown's TSP 6000 has been recognized by numerous other design organizations. It received a Silver IDEA Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, the GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago and Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and the iF product design award from the International Forum Design in Hanover, Germany.

About the red dot
An international jury of renowned design experts carries out the product assessment. They examine and test the products and assess them according to criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability, ecological compatibility and clarity of function. This year, companies from 43 countries with a total of 2,548 products were entered. The red dot is one of the leading and largest design competitions worldwide, with three separate categories and more than 6,000 total entries. Since 1955, the Essen Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has annually selected outstanding design quality.

About Crown Equipment Corporation
Crown is the number one brand of electric lift trucks in the United States and the fifth largest lift truck manufacturer in the world. Crown's award-winning line of lift trucks has earned a reputation for exceptional product design, engineering and manufacturing. From the smallest hand pallet truck to the highest lifting turret truck, Crown seeks to provide users with safe, efficient and ergonomic lift trucks that lower total cost of ownership and maximize uptime. Headquartered in New Bremen, Ohio, Crown lift trucks are manufactured and sold throughout the world.

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