Horton expands plant in Britton, S.D.

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Horton Inc. announced that it is expanding its facility in Britton, S.D., by 20,000 square feet to accommodate the company’s growing QuickShip regional warehouse program, with construction expected to be completed in October. Horton’s QuickShip program is designed to provide fast response to customer needs for the products featured in the fast-delivery program, including remanufactured fan drives, repair and conversion kits, fans and other products.

QuickShip was introduced in April to fulfill small, urgent orders with expanded shipping hours and one-day ground delivery to most major markets. The expanded space includes 10,000 square feet for warehousing of finished product, 7,000 square feet for raw-material inventory and 3,000 square feet for a driver’s lounge and additional shipping bays.

“Expanding our space will allow us to stock more inventory and a more diverse inventory in support of the QuickShip warehouse program,” says Steve Wardleworth, senior vice president of operations for the Roseville, Minn.-based company. “Getting product to our customers as fast as possible helps to ensure their trucks stay on the road and their off-highway equipment stays in service. The trucking and off-highway market is bouncing back from the economic recession, and we’re feeling the positive effects of this recovery and are taking steps to continue to provide the excellent responsiveness and service Horton customers expect.”

The largest employer in the city, Horton has had a presence in Britton for 39 years and last expanded the plant in 2009.