In a move designed to streamline U.S. operations, Horizon Global Corp. is moving forward with plans to consolidate facilities in Solon, Ohio, and Mosinee, Wis., into the company’s Plymouth, Mich., location.
Officials noted in a press release that the stated focus of consolidation is “to bring together all roles and responsibilities of Horizon Americas team, with the exception of manufacturing and distribution facilities, into a primary location. This integration will align areas of the business such as sales, engineering, product development and customer service in order to improve Horizon’s ability to stay close to its customers and deliver solutions and products to meet their performance needs.”
The integration will be completed over the next several months and several responsibilities will be relocated to the Plymouth site, the release indicated.
Detailing the move, Carl Bizon, Horizon Americas president, stated, “The initiatives to bring together its U.S.-based offices would help to ensure that we remain equipped to meet our customers’ performance needs and deliver unique manufacturing and technical solutions. Having teams like engineering and product development working more closely together aligns with our larger goal to better serve our customers. Bringing our Americas team together is something we have wanted to do for some time now as part of a comprehensive, strategic integration of our brand operations and supporting infrastructure.”
Mark Zeffiro, Horizon Global’s president and chief executive officer, noted in the release that as “a leader in the global towing and trailering industry with the No. 1-branded position. The Horizon Americas team is focused on delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of our customers, and the new structure of the organization is designed with that in mind. Additionally, bringing the team together in one location will help support our cultural efforts in North Americas as part of our broader global organization.”
Horizon Global first reported the consolidation in March as part of its fiscal 2017 earnings report, which stated, “these consolidations are part of the company’s action plan for its Americas division.” Although the company reported sales of nearly $893 million for the full year, up from $649.2 million the previous year, net sales for the Horizon Americas division decreased 5.1%, driven by delivery delays as the company transitioned to a new distribution facility in Kansas City as well as inventory management efforts by retail customers.
As a result, Horizon Global announced at the time a business improvement action plan to “address performance challenges, increase the organization’s overall efficiency and profitability, and position the company for long-term growth.”
Formerly known as Cequent Automotive, Horizon Global is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of towing, trailering and cargo management products under the BULLDOG, Draw-Tite, Reese, Tekonsha, and Westfalia badges. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., Horizon Global has approximately 4,600 employees in 67 facilities across 21 countries in North America, Australia and Europe.