(1-7-20) Crown Equipment Corp. Tuesday offered a voluntary layoff program to employees, in a bid to avoid or minimize involuntary layoffs.

Crown has about 5,000 employees total in Ohio. About 4,500 of those workers are in New Bremen. Other Crown facilities include Fort Loramie, component facilities in Celina, New Knoxville and Minster  and a storage facility in Greenville.

Randy Niekamp, vice president of human resources for Crown-

“Basically, the global lift truck market has been down over the past few months. Our new truck orders have been down.”

“We don’t have a crystal ball, and there’s a lot of uncertainty in the market. With the political landscape, with tariffs, with things like that, all of that has an effect. It’s definitely not something we want to deal with, but we’re trying to deal with it as best we can to minimize the effect on our employees.”

In recent unemployment numbers for the State of Ohio both Auglaize and Mercer County have some of the lowest rates.