CURT to Expand Hitch Production, Transition Electrical Manufacturing

CURT is expanding its hitch manufacturing capacity in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and consolidating Eau Claire and Philippines electrical manufacturing operations into one location.

CURT’s significant growth in all categories led the company to expanding hitch manufacturing capacity and flexibility in Eau Claire by reallocating space previously used to manufacture other products in the line.

“Our wiring harness business is one of the categories where we have seen substantial growth,” CURT stated in a news release. “As we are preparing to launch products with what we believe to be game-changing technologies, this has been one area of focus for us.

“We currently manufacture our harnesses between a facility in the Philippines and a small portion of our plant in Eau Claire. We concluded that we wanted to consolidate that production for wiring harnesses into one location in Mexico,” the statement continued. “That decision will both allow us to expand our hitch production in Eau Claire and bring manufacturing of our wiring business under one consolidated operation closer to our market. We also selected a location that will offer plenty of capacity to absorb the growth we are planning for our electrical business.

“This represents a significant investment for CURT Group and gives us the opportunity to increase our hitch manufacturing capacity in our Eau Claire facility. We expect to use all the space we will have in Mexico for the electrical business over time and have no plans to move other manufacturing to Mexico.

“We are currently aggressively hiring and the affected 30 people will all be offered other positions at this facility. There will be no negative impact to the level of employment in Eau Claire.

“We recognize the significance of this change. As such, a great deal of care and effort has gone into solidifying a plan, ensuring a seamless transition for continued on-time product delivery. We have built many months of projected demand in advance and expect no disruption in service during the transition. Electrical production in Eau Claire and the Philippines is scheduled to be completely relocated by Dec. 1,” the statement concluded.

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