Horton hires new VP of quality assurance

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Horton Holding, Inc. has hired Jeff Blankenship as vice president of quality assurance. Blankenship will oversee Horton's Warranty and Field Service group, quality functions in all plants and the company wide Lean Six Sigma efforts.

Blankenship has 28 years of experience in automotive and recreational vehicle industries. Most recently, he was director of quality, Six Sigma and Lean Production at Bombardier Recreational Products in Sturtevant, Wis., for the company's outboard engine manufacturing plants. Bombardier Recreational Products manufactures snowmobiles, watercraft, sport boats and all-terrain vehicles for global markets.

"We're pleased to have an experienced manufacturing professional with a strong track record in continuous improvement and quality assurance joining Horton," says Randall Nord, CEO and president of Horton. "His expertise will help challenge our staff to develop optimal solutions for our customers."

Previously, Blankenship was operational excellence leader for United States and Canada operations of Tower Automotive in Novi, Mich.; director of manufacturing support services for RWD Technologies, Inc., in Dearborn, Mich.; director of supplier development for International Truck and Engine Company in Westchester, Ill. He also worked for almost a decade in various quality management roles at Honda, including three years in Japan.

Blankenship is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

With more than 50 years of industry experience, commitment to service, reliability and innovation, Horton is a premium worldwide provider of fan drives, fans and wire form products. Horton's comprehensive research and development processes are driven by a dedication to exceed the 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, Mexico, Brazil and Australia. Horton products include DriveMaster® Spring-Engaged Fan Drives, VMaster® Viscous Fan Drives, WindMaster® Fans, HT/S Advantage Air-Engaged Fan Drives, EC450® Electromagnetic Fan Drives, MagForce Electromagnetic Fan Drives, Klondike Series® replacement fan clutches for the K22RA and repair kits for Kysor's K22RA and K22FA, repair kits, remanufactured fan drives and Wire Form Products.

Horton, Inc.
2565 Walnut Street
Roseville, MN55113

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