Company News Horn USA plans for future growth with new facility
As a company of the international Horn Group, Horn USA has found its greatest successes by mimicking the positive examples of its parent company.
Just as Paul Horn GmbH has increased its manufacturing capacity for faster delivery and to better meet its customers’ requirements, Horn USA has also kept its finger on the pulse of customer needs while looking towards expansion.
In September 2020, all of the company’s production capabilities were relocated to a new facility 0.5 miles (800 m) from the original office suite. Interestingly, this substantial expansion has been on the company’s radar for many years. In 2002, a new management team was established. One of the goals the team set during its first few months was to find a permanent location for Horn USA. Large buildings in the light industrial zone are not commonplace in the immediate area of Horn USA, so it took a while to find the ideal opportunity. Finally, in 2016, 10.76 acres (43,544 square meters) with a 101,000-square-foot (9,383-square-meter) light industrial building became available. In typical Horn fashion, advantages and disadvantages were analyzed and finally one came together to the conclusion that this real estate among other things because of its proximity to the existing plant, provided the ideal solution to the next stage of expansion.
In the third quarter of 2019, construction began to bring the facility to the standards expected of Horn. In total, this meant an investment volume in buildings, conversion and technical equipment of approx. 29,000,000 dollar (approx. 25,000,000 euro). Nearly 400 people in all have been involved in the 14-month construction project. The new building has a total area of 11,000 square meters and can accommodate up to 300 people. Horn USA currently employs 120 people.
Andreas Vollmer, president Horn USA: “The new building in the USA makes a clear statement and demonstrates our commitment to the American market. Other than our home market of Germany, this is our strongest international market and has been for a long time. It is also one that holds huge potential for our solutions in the future. The new building provides us with the space we are going to need for this. We are very proud of taking this step and are convinced that it will ultimately benefit our customers as well — in the form of increased production capacity, larger training rooms and our new demonstration centre, for example.”