Horton Announces Expansion of Britton, S.D. Manufacturing Facility


Plant will manufacture and test medium-duty truck and off-highway viscous fan drive product

ROSEVILLE, Minn.-Horton, Inc. announces the second-phase expansion of its viscous manufacturing facility in Britton, South Dakota. The plant will produce and test the company's VMaster® Viscous Directly Controlled Fan Drive product line for medium-duty truck and off-highway market segments. Completion of the addition is scheduled for December 2009, with production to begin in the first quarter of 2010.

The 7,500 square foot expansion is being added to the main plant and will more than triple the original viscous manufacturing area that was added on in 2007. The Britton plant manufactures the Stratis(TM) Viscous Fan Drives for heavy-duty trucks, several lines of fan drives, remanufactured fan drives and repair kits including the DM Advantage(TM) On/Off and Two-Speed Fan Drives.

"This expansion is in response to increased demand for our viscous products from large agricultural and medium-duty truck and bus OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Britton was a logical location for our plant expansion because staff and management from the existing plant will be able to get production of our additional viscous products up and running more quickly," says Jeff Lindgren, senior vice president sales and marketing, general manager Britton/fan drives, Horton, Inc. "Horton has had a presence in Britton for 37 years, and we've found it to be a very hospitable environment with a strong, skilled workforce."

With more than 55 years of industry experience, commitment to service, reliability and innovation, Horton is a premium worldwide provider of fan drives, fans and suspension products. Horton's comprehensive research and development processes are driven by a dedication to exceed industry requirements today and in the future. The company has manufacturing plants in the United States and Germany, with a licensed manufacturing facility in Australia and sales offices in the United States, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Australia. Horton products include VMaster® and Stratis(TM) Viscous Fan Drives, DM Advantage(TM) On/Off and Two-Speed Fan Drives, WindMaster® Fans, WindShift(TM) Modular Fans, Shogun(TM) Modular Fans, Electromagnetic On/Off Fan Drives, DriveMaster® Spring-Engaged Fan Drives, Klondike Series® Replacement Fan Clutches for the Kysor K26RA as well as repair kits for Kysor's K26RA, K22RA and K22FA, PolarForce(TM) Two-Speed Conversion Kits, Genuine Horton repair kits, remanufactured fan drives and Roller Bushing Suspension Products.

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