Rural Development Partners Helps Crown Equipment Bring Jobs to America

Crown Equipment’s Acquired Facility for Expansion in Kinston NC

Forest City, IA – Rural Development Partners allocated $17.5 million, and Five Points Community Capital $7.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits to help Crown Equipment finance the timely acquisition, modernization, and equipping of a vacated 255,295 SF building adjacent to its current facility in Kinston (NC). The shuttered plant left 159 employees without a job and little employment opportunity in rural Lenoir County. The expansion is expected to create 192 jobs, and retain 340 jobs for Kinston, some of which will be re-shored from the Company’s overseas operations.

“RDP is thrilled to partner with Crown on their expansion in Kinston, NC. The expansion will bring even more high-quality jobs to the region in addition to the onshoring of jobs currently held overseas. Crown’s continued commitment to the Kinston area will go a long ways in helping to support economic stability in the region.” – Dan Helgeson, CEO of Rural Development Partners

The new facility will feature environmentally sustainable improvements, exemplifying the company’s commitment to redevelop land and reuse buildings that will help preserve and revitalize the community. The project will improve Crown’s manufacturing capacity and allow them to produce more than 75% recyclable lift trucks while providing for future expansion of manufacturing services.

“We are excited about the expansion of Crown’s footprint in Kinston, North Carolina. This expansion would not have been possible in the scope and expedited time frames we are planning without the availability of the New Markets Tax Credits provided in conjunction with our partners at Rural Development Partners, Five Points Community Capital, and US Bank Community Development Corporation. This expansion will allow Crown to significantly expand our production capabilities, onshore and/or dual source component manufacturing from other global regions of the world and create nearly 200 additional employment opportunities for the residents of the city of Kinston and Lenoir County.” – Craig Seitz, Senior VP & CFO of Crown Equipment

Corporation Crown Equipment

Crown Equipment Corporation, founded and headquartered in Ohio, is a leading innovator of world-class forklift and material handling equipment. The company has earned more than 100 prominent international design awards while developing and manufacturing a broad range of electric and internal combustion (gas) forklifts, as well as automation and fleet management technologies. Crown has been one of the largest employers in Lenoir County (NC) for more than 30 years. Their expansion will give the community a much-needed economic boost, while providing additional manufacturing and assembly space to meet their growing customer demand.

Rural Development Partners

Rural Development Partners utilizes the NMTC Program to help organizations throughout the nation relocate and expand their operations in distressed rural communities. RDP investments help create jobs, economic growth, training opportunities, and food security for Rural America by partnering with organizations that take action to invest in and support their local communities. From 2004 through 2022, RDP has won eleven NMTC awards from the U.S. Treasury totaling $701.7 million. To learn more about RDP or the NMTC program, visit our website or social media platforms at FaceBookLinkedIn, or YouTube. See how RDP and NMTCs are revitalizing rural communities nationwide!