Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen, Ohio, announced an enhanced relationship with Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Scottsdale, Ariz., to augment and facilitate UTI’s electrical and hydraulic technical training relevant to material handling equipment technology nationwide.  

Crown Equipment will be the preferred partner for material handling equipment, such as forklifts, work assist vehicles and pallet trucks, at all 12 UTI campuses across the country. As part of the agreement, Crown lift trucks will be used as educational and training aids in the company’s technician training program. The lift trucks will also be used in material handling applications around the campuses.

“UTI and Crown Equipment have worked closely for years to place our graduates in service technician jobs at Crown,” says Chuck Barresi, senior vice president of customer solutions at UTI. “This new collaboration deepens our close working relationship and integrates the latest training aids and material handling equipment at our campuses across the country.”

 “As a forklift manufacturer and material handling technology provider, Crown understands the importance of skilled forklift technicians,” adds Neal Hittepole, director of branch aftermarket sales, Crown Equipment. “This important relationship with the Universal Technical Institute is an investment in the future of our industry that will help provide career advancement opportunities for technicians and ensure we have the qualified technicians we need to continue to provide exceptional customer service.”