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Our History — How We Work

From its founding in 1951 to today, Horton is characterized by its “can do” response toward customer challenges — an attribute that Hugh Schilling started and a legacy which continues.

Our History — What We've Accomplished

In its early years, Horton focused on manufacturing industrial clutches for industrial use. In the 1960s, it applied the technology to cooling diesel engine trucks and off-highway vehicles. Concern over fuel costs and noise in the 1970s led to Horton advancements in fan drive technology and then later (1980s), adoption of related cooling systems by major on-highway truck manufacturers. These included Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner and Navistar. Today, Horton is the leader in engine-cooling technology and also offers a complete line of metal, molded and modular fans. To see other company and industry milestones, see the timeline below.


Horton expands in Australia

Licensing agreement signed with Norman G. Clark Pty/Asia to manufacture and sell industrial clutches and vehicle fan drives across the continent.

An image displaying the first fan drive Horton installed in 1966An image displaying the first fan drive Horton installed in 1966

First Fan Drives Installed

Horton installs fan drives on fleet trucks to reduce fuel consumption, maximize available horsepower and optimize the engine cooling function.

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The Move to Off-Highway Applications

Horton expands the use of fan drive technology to include off-highway applications like mining trucks.

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Horton Becomes Standard on Big OEMs

Horton fan drives become “standard” equipment with its first big OEM, Peterbilt Motors Company. Soon after, Horton products also become standard on Kenworth, Freightliner and Navistar. Volvo follows in 1996.

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Horton Enters Europe

Its business presence in Europe starts in Germany with a joint venture agreement with Esco Engineering, Horton’s distributor in Troisdorf, Germany.

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Horton Produces 1,000,000th Fan Drive

Success over the years from innovation, quality products and customer focus fuels continued expansion and growth in various on- and off-highway applications. Then later in 2015, our 10,000,000th fan drive is produced.

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Another OEM Chooses Horton

Horton fan drives become standard on Volvo’s line of heavy-duty trucks.

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A New Headquarters

Horton moves into a newly-built corporate headquarters in Roseville, Minnesota. The facility includes a state-of-the-art technical center for testing products and vehicle applications.

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More European Expansion

Horton purchases viscous drive division from ZF Sachs and builds state-of-the-art manufacturing and technical center in Schweinfurt Germany.

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Growing the Solution Business

Horton purchases ECS Systems, Inc. in Carmel, Indiana. The ability to pair complex fan materials and designs with drives allows Horton to offer integrated engine cooling solutions.

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Expansion into Asia

Horton signs a distributor/license agreement with R&S Promotion Co., Ltd. in China.

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Innovative New Products

Horton scales up technology to address large mining equipment engine cooling needs, receiving widespread attention. Horton continues to innovate with the launches of the RCV2000 Fan Drive and HTEC Fan introductions.

Learn More About Horton

Learn more about Horton’s global coverage and how it collaborates to design, test and build ideal engine cooling solutions, backed by the best service network in the industry.

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Meet our Leadership

Horton is grounded by its “Customer First” legacy while advancing toward the future with inspired leadership, seeking to solve tomorrow’s challenges today.

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