Horizon Global, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment, announced that it is nearing completion on a new 512,000-sq.-ft. distribution facility in Edgerton, Kansas, that is expected to create more than 120 new jobs.
“Our company conducted a freight management and distribution study and, ultimately, selected Edgerton as an ideal location for the center of our North American distribution operations,” said Ron Dill, director of Operations and Logistics, Horizon Global. “When the Edgerton facility begins shipping to Horizon Global customers by the end of the year, it will provide improved delivery times and service levels for our aftermarket and retail customers, while also providing savings to the company through a more efficient distribution platform.”
The new Edgerton facility will be the main hub for the company’s Horizon Global Americas Division, consolidating distribution into a more centrally located and larger facility, while simultaneously upgrading distribution operations through automation and technology. The Edgerton location is part of the company’s larger distribution strategy and will be supported by strategically placed regional distribution facilities throughout the United States.
Horizon Global’s new Edgerton facility will be located at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC), a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility.
“The Kansas City region continues to stand out as an ideal location for centralizing distribution in the U.S. and North America,” said Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, an affiliate of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). “We are proud to welcome Horizon Global and its Americas Division to the Kansas City region and look forward to seeing their continued growth in our market.”
“The Kansas Department of Commerce is excited to welcome Horizon Global, the latest excellent company to make Kansas its home,” said Kansas Commerce Interim Secretary Nick Jordan. “It is fitting that a company like Horizon Global has chosen the city of Edgerton for its main hub of distribution. We, at the Department of Commerce, look forward to working with Horizon Global and other great companies to continue the tradition of logistics excellence in the state of Kansas.”
“We welcome the addition of Horizon Global Americas Division and their employees to the Edgerton community,” said City of Edgerton Mayor, Donald Roberts. “Companies like Horizon Global are looking for strategic ways to advance their businesses and LPKC offers the right environment to support those goals by being the choice location to efficiently enter the global supply chain.”
KCADC was proud to work with a number of regional partners in attracting Horizon Global to the region: State of Kansas, Kansas Department of Commerce, City of Edgerton, ElevateEdgerton!, CBRE, NorthPoint Development, JLL, KCP&L, BNSF, Johnson County Community College, IMKO Workforce Solutions, QPS Employment Group, Focus Workforces and KC SmartPort.
About Horizon Global
Horizon Global is the #1 designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of high-quality, custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products in North America, Australia and Europe. The Company serves OEMs, retailers, dealer networks and the end consumer as the category leader in the automotive, leisure and agricultural market segments. Horizon provides its customers with outstanding products and services that reflect the Company's commitment to market leadership, innovation and operational excellence. The Company’s mission is to utilize forward-thinking technology to develop and deliver best-in-class products for our customers, engage with our employees and realize value creation for our shareholders.
Horizon Global is home to some of the world’s most recognized brands in the towing and trailering industry, including: BULLDOG, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Hayman Reese, Reese, ROLA, Tekonsha, and Westfalia. Horizon Global has approximately 4200 employees in 64 facilities across 20 countries. www.horizonglobal.com.
The Kansas City Area Development Council serves the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area by marketing the region’s business and lifestyle assets to companies around the world. Working closely with its 50+ state, county and community partners and its more than 250 corporate partners across the region, KCADC has attracted companies pledging to create more than 60,000 new jobs over its 40-year history. KCADC’s affiliate, KC SmartPort, is the authority on logistics and opportunities in the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region. www.thinkkc.com.