CURT Manufacturing LLC., a manufacturer and marketer of U.S.A.-made towing products, announced that it hired Robert Krouse, an industry-leading authority on towing safety and standards. Krouse has joined the engineering team in CURT’s Wixom, Mich., facility and will be heading up research and development (R&D) to advance CURT’s hitch ratings and standards.
Krouse is an expert in trailer hitch design and testing as well as towing safety, CURT said. He has more than 25 years of experience working for GM as a trailering engineer and subject matter expert. He has worked with Proving Ground Test Lab and CAE to refine hitch durability. He has also authored internal and external trailering literature and conducted training seminars for GM engineers, management, journalists and industry professionals.
Krouse has also done extensive work with the SAE organization, serving on a number of trailering committees to improve tow ratings and standards. He initiated and chaired the Tow Vehicle-Trailer Rating Committee that standardized the OEM methodology for trailer ratings, covering all aspects of towing. He also helped develop standardized weight conditions for trailer rating calculation.
“Krouse is a welcomed asset for CURT and has brought a wealth of knowledge to help us better serve our OE customers,” the company said in its announcement.
He officially started with the company in early May and will be serving as the director of R&D, testing and OE sales, working to advance CURT test capabilities, increase industry knowledge and improve OE customer satisfaction. Krouse will also be working through SAE to advance and develop hitch industry requirements for conventional receiver hitches, 5th wheels and goosenecks.
To learn more about CURT Manufacturing and its products, go to curtmfg.com.