Facility to serve as main hub for North American distribution
EDGERTON, Kan. (July 24, 2017) – Horizon Global, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment, today announced it is nearing completion on a new 512,000-square-foot distribution facility in Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) 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. “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 Edgerton facility will consolidate the Horizon Global Americas 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.
“We welcome the addition of Horizon Global 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.”
Horizon Global’s new Edgerton facility will be located in Inland Port XXII, developed by NorthPoint Development. NorthPoint Development serves as the master developer for LPKC, a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility. Since opening in 2013, LPKC is now home to more than 11 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space.
“Horizon Global’s decision to select Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) as the home for its new distribution center illustrates Edgerton’s ideal geographic location leading to savings in transportation, inventory and productivity for companies locating within the park,” said Steve Hale, President of ElevateEdgerton!. “ElevateEdgerton! welcomes Horizon Global to Edgerton and looks forward to working to recruit other types of development to support Horizon Global and other tenants at LPKC.”
ElevateEdgerton! was proud to work jointly on this recruitment with several regional partners including KC SmartPort, State of Kansas, Kansas Department of Commerce, City of Edgerton, CBRE, NorthPoint Development, JLL, KCP&L, BNSF Railway, Water District No. 7 and Johnson County Community College.
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
ElevateEdgerton! is a public-private economic development partnership that serves as the proactive advocate for the economic advancement of the City of Edgerton. Edgerton is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, a suburb of the Kansas City area. ElevateEdgerton! initiates programs and services to attract and retain business, encourages diverse development by partnering with allies and ensures Edgerton stays a pro-business community. The partnership provides high-value opportunities to investors through promotion and communication, networking and thought leadership.