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rv-pro.com May 2020 • RV PRO • 43 F or companies with a solid history, talking about "new" generally means focusing on the latest product releases. Horizon Global, with its stable of well-known towing brands, certainly isn't falling down on the job in that regard. However, in this case, it also refers to the company's decision to shake up its operations after an extended period of underperforming sales and profits. In September, the company hired Terrence "Terry" Gohl as its CEO to turn around the company. He says an immediate top priority was addressing "aspects of the business that were driving it to a less-than-stellar performance." His end goal, Gohl says, is to return Horizon Global to a level of performance that sup- ports its premium brands while continuing to launch new products that its mix of OEM and aftermarket customers want and need. Leaning In Horizon Global is a relatively new name in the RV market, but its history and products are not. Formerly known as Cequent, it was spun off from parent company TriMas Corp. in 2015. An engineer at Global Horizon's headquarters in Plymouth, Mich., fabricates a prototype custom fit hitch. The company is the No. 1 designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products in North America and Europe. Horizon Global workers perform a hitch fitment test at the company's R&D lab. While the company is widely known in the RV aftermarket due to the prominence of its Bulldog, Draw- Tite, Reese and Tekonsha brands, it also is a prominent supplier to automotive OEMs, including Ford and Toyota.

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