Clark Announces American Homecoming

Clark Material Handling is pleased to announce the establishment of its Global Headquarters in the United States. This move returns a premier American brand, the creator of the modern forklift, from Korea back to the US and lays the foundation for a global growth strategy that begins with a homecoming.

Clark’s Global Headquarters will merge with Clark Material Handling Company (CMHC), in Lexington, Kentucky, North American operations, leveraging the strengths of both companies and positioning Clark for further global growth in the coming decades. The integrated organization will be effective July 1, 2024, and will be located in Dallas, Texas, upon the official opening of the new Headquarters planned for January 1, 2025.

Mr. Chuck Moratz, Clark’s current Global President, will lead the integrated organization and serve as CEO at CMHC. Moratz has over 30 years of extensive forklift experience and an unwavering commitment to the Clark company. He has held various pivotal positions at CMHC, including Engineering Director, Vice President of Truck Operations, and COO. His global roles have included Vice President of Global Engineering and President of Global HQ. In addition, he has overseen the introduction of numerous IC and electric new products, including the bullet-proof S-Series product line. Moratz holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from West Point and has served in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Korea.

“Clark remains steadfast in its promise to deliver the highest-quality products and services worldwide. By relocating and combining our operations, we will accelerate new product development and the integration of new technologies to meet the changing needs of our customers while providing the best service and lowest cost of ownership in the industry”, says Moratz. “We appreciate the continued support of our employees, dealers, customers, and the market as we embark on this exciting new chapter. Together, we will build on our legacy of over 100 years of excellence and drive Clark to new heights.”

Since the forklift was invented by Eugene Clark in Buchanan, Michigan (USA) in 1917, CLARK has been one of the worldwide market leaders in the material handling equipment business. With more than 100 years of experience in the sector, and over 1.4 million forklifts sold worldwide, the CLARK brand, which is proud of its roots in the United States of America, is associated with modern and robust product design, progressive, sophisticated technology, and excellent customer service. Since 2003, CLARK has offered a complete product portfolio consisting of forklift trucks with electric or combustion engines and load capacities from 1.5 to 8 tons, reach trucks, warehouse trucks, tow tractors and a comprehensive range of services.

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