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Better
Listening.

Better
Understanding.

Better
Solutions.

Horton is recognized, worldwide, for one distinct quality that leads to many other customer benefits: collaborative solution development. It is why brand leaders in the on- and off-highway markets have come to Horton for over 65 years to solve the most challenging engine cooling needs. Horton listens. The result is a keen understanding of your cooling needs and development of optimized solutions.

Horton’s global recognition stems from its unwavering commitment to collaborative solution development, a cornerstone of its customer-centric approach. This collaborative ethos transcends mere problem-solving; it fosters a deep engagement with clients, particularly in the on- and off-highway markets, spanning over six decades.

Central to Horton’s success is our ability to listen intently to customer requirements, thereby cultivating a profound understanding of their unique cooling needs. By actively involving customers in the development process, we ensure that solutions are precisely tailored to address their most complex challenges. This collaborative approach not only results in optimized engine cooling solutions but also cultivates enduring partnerships built on trust and mutual respect. In essence, our reputation for excellence is rooted in our steadfast dedication to listening, understanding, and delivering innovative solutions that exceed customer expectations.

Performance & Durability

We use the latest software, simulation design tools and manufacturing methods, supplemented by extensive in-house testing resources to provide the best products. In a world where uptime is critical, we keep you moving.

Customization

The specialized needs of our customers, both large and small sized companies, have often been the catalyst for our engine cooling innovations and leadership. We can customize the entire solution for you, with the right fan, drive, bracket, hub and more.

Support

We have an agile team of sales and service representatives and one of the best-trained, distributor and dealer networks, worldwide. We take your business seriously — like we do our own — and we know support is critical.

Horton Worldwide

We are a global company. Following expansions in Australia, Europe and Mexico, it expanded to Asia. It has sales offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Germany and representatives in Korea, China, Japan, India, Australia, Columbia and Chile. We’re willing to go where you need us, to help you develop engine cooling solutions that are right for you and your application.

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Facilities Worldwide

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Distributor Locations

History of Horton

Founded in 1951, the company originally focused on manufacturing industrial clutches. In the 1960s, Horton applied its clutch expertise to the cooling of on-highway and off-highway vehicles. Later, Horton convinced truck manufacturers that they could save fuel during the U.S. energy crisis of the 1970s by installing engine cooling fan drives on their vehicles. By the 1980s, Horton fan drives were standard equipment for major truck OEMs. Horton continues to be a pioneer in the on- and off-highway industries by providing the latest technology, the highest quality and the most dependable products available.

picture of Hugh Schilling in front of a semi-truck with its first installation of the fan clutch

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.

FIRST FAN DRIVES INSTALLED

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

THE MOVE TO OFF-HIGHWAY APPLICATIONS

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

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.

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.

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.

ANOTHER OEM CHOOSES HORTON

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

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.

MORE EUROPEAN EXPANSION

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

Inside view of Horton factory in Carmel, Indiana
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.

Horton Inc office building in Wuxi, China
EXPANSION INTO ASIA

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

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.

Environmentally Responsible

Horton has long been an advocate of the environment. In fact, it is proud that the products it manufactures help reduce fuel consumption and noise. Horton is continually improving its products, manufacturing and facilities to remove waste, prevent pollution and protect natural resources.

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Our Leadership

Cordell Dietz, CEO of Horton, Inc.

Cordell Dietz

President and CEO
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Terry Gilberstadt

Vice Chairman & Corporate Secretary
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Sarah Aesoph

SVP, CFO & CIO
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Jackson Alley

VP, Global Truck Sales
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Dave Benson

VP, Engineering
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Suzanne Dvorak

VP, Human Resources
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Dave Hennessy, VP of R&D at Horton, Inc.

Dave Hennessy

VP, Engineering and Research and Development
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Dirk Kreunen

SVP, Global Off-Highway Sales
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Tony Niese

VP, Operations & Supply Chain
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Erik Roell

VP, Global Market Development
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Thomas Witha

VP, Managing Director Horton Europe
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