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Horizon Solutions Welcomes VP of Energy Services and Construction Sales

Walo brings over 30 years of electrical manufacturing and distribution experience

Doug Walo Horizon Solutions VP of Energy Services and Construction Sales East

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 11, 2019 — Today, Horizon Solutions™ announces the addition of Doug Walo to its leadership team in a new position, Vice President of Energy Services and Construction Sales East. In this role, he will oversee the company’s energy services division and New England construction sales. Walo will report to the company’s president and CEO, John Kerkhove, and work out of its Taunton, MA branch.

Doug brings over 30 years of electrical manufacturing and distribution experience as well as 20 years in sales leadership. He has effectively managed and enhanced sales territories and companies, leading to significant sales growth. Horizon Solutions is excited to have Doug join its team and looks forward to his leadership in its Energy Services Division and New England markets.

“Doug is a collaborative leader who has a strong record of success, along with a deep understanding of our culture and values,” said John Kerkhove. “Doug’s diverse experience makes him the clear choice for this role, and I know he will work tirelessly growing our business and bringing innovative solutions to our customers.”

Bruce Shaffer, who has led the Horizon Solutions Energy Services Division over the last several years, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2020. Bruce has been an integral part of the establishment and growth of Horizon Solutions Energy Services. Over the next six months, the company will transition leadership of its Energy Services division to Doug Walo. As Bruce works toward retirement, he will work with Doug on the transition as well as developing markets and expanding the business.

“I am very excited to be part of the Horizon Solutions team. Having worked with them earlier in my career, it’s a company I’ve long admired. I look forward to impacting its continued growth,” said Walo.

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Horizon Solutions LLC has purchased New England-based, privately-held N. H. Bragg. Founded in 1854, N. H. Bragg has grown to become a recognized market leader throughout Maine, New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts. N. H. Bragg is headquartered in Bangor, Maine with branches in Scarborough, Maine, and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. With approximately 60 employees, N. H. Bragg provides industrial and safety supplies to over 4,000 customers across New England. They serve paper mills, machine shops, construction sites and shipyards from their three stocking locations. The transaction closed on Jan. 1, 2019.

Dick Wilson, John Kerkhove, Jim Newton, Jon Eames (N.H. Bragg), and Mike Herrmann

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to acquire a company with such a rich history like ours. The longevity of our companies is due in part to creating a legacy of integrity, trust, and excellence, exemplified in our company cultures that value our customers and our people. Both companies enjoy deep relationships with customers and suppliers and a commitment to value-added capabilities that address complex problems. We have a team of talented professionals committed to providing the best customer experience with every interaction,” said Horizon Solutions™ President and CEO John Kerkhove. “Under Horizon Solutions ownership, N. H. Bragg will continue to operate under the N. H. Bragg name with the same employees, suppliers, and customers. N. H. Bragg President Jon Eames will serve as vice president of the Industrial and Safety Supply Division across the Horizon Solutions footprint. We will leverage our companies’ respective strengths to grow the business. It is with great pleasure that I welcome the employees of N. H. Bragg to the Horizon Solutions extended family.”

N. H. Bragg President Jon Eames said, “This union will help us grow while maintaining the excellent quality and service our customers expect, expand our solution offerings and market reach, offer employees more opportunities and build upon our mutual core values. I’m excited about the future of N. H. Bragg and how the companies can work together to achieve greatness.”

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Quotes ─ regarding N. H. Bragg acquisition.

”Peter Roby told me what a wonderful company N. H. Bragg was when he and I first got together in 1982. Our merger with Holmes in Maine in 2000 made us friendly neighbors with Bragg. I often thought of how strong we might become were we to work together with such a fine company. We celebrate today’s reality and look forward to even greater service to Maine and the West!”
Dick Wilson, Horizon Solutions Owner

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John Kerkhove - Horizon Solutions President and CEO

John Kerkhove, President & CEO

Horizon Solutions LLC, today announced that John Kerkhove, current Vice President of Global Sales at Eaton Crouse-Hinds, has been named President and CEO, effective January 3, 2018. Mike Herrmann, current President and CEO, will continue as the Chief Financial Officer after the transition. In addition, Karen Baker, Executive Vice President of Sales Operations, Products, and Services Management, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer effective December 5, 2017. Today’s leadership announcements are the result of a succession plan overseen by the Horizon Solutions Board of Directors since 2013.

Karen Baker - Horizon Solutions Chief Operating Officer

Karen Baker, COO

“John is exceptionally well qualified to lead the Company. For nearly three decades, John has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational, and business development accomplishments. He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader and brings a respected reputation for developing people and inspiring teams,” said Mike Herrmann, President, and CEO.  “John shares our values and our focus on innovation and he places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. The Board unanimously agreed that John’s leadership experience, coupled with his strategic thinking and proven ability to deliver results, make him the right person to help execute Horizon Solutions’ strategic priorities and drive sustainable growth. John encompasses everything we stand for and I could not be more pleased about his appointment to this critical role,” said Herrmann.

Kerkhove began his career in 1986 as Sales Engineer at Square D and subsequently served in sales and marketing positions across the company. Transitioning to Eaton Crouse-Hinds in 2005, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales North America, in 2011, and to Vice President of Global Sales, in 2015. Kerkhove earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University.

“I have long admired Horizon Solutions and I am profoundly honored to join their team and be part of their continued success. I look forward to working with the staff, many who have been with the company for years. And I am excited for the future and the opportunity that lies ahead of us,” said John Kerkhove.

Horizon Solutions, a wholesale distributor of electrical, automation and industrial products in upstate New York and New England, today announced the expansion of their value-added services by becoming a designated Hoffman Certified Modification Center.

“Customers tell us that performing manual control enclosure modifications is an inefficient and time-consuming process and that actual costs can vary widely from what was estimated. In addition, enclosure manufacturers sometimes struggle with providing small runs of custom mods, causing delays and customer service challenges. We are excited that Horizon’s customers will now realize significant benefits from our investment in a system that enables us to perform these mods in-house on an automated machining center. This reduces costs, improves lead times and provides a more consistent, quality product to our customers. We are calling this service ‘EnclosureMods made EZ’ by Horizon Solutions and in-stock enclosures can ship in as little as one to three days after the drawings are approved. Ordering is easy; customers can supply us with their CAD or DXF files or, if they lack these, we can create them on demand. All the drilling, tapping, and cutting is automated, delivering ready to install enclosures with perfectly smooth edges, precise clean holes, and cutouts. This service will definitely help make our customers more productive. We’ve processed a number of orders already and the feedback has been very positive,” said David Hayes, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Communications.

EnclosureMods made EZ is the most versatile solution when it comes to accommodating a wide range of global enclosure dimensional standards. It can accommodate enclosures up to 93 inches tall by 86 inches wide and back panels up to 92 inches tall by 94 inches wide. The machine offers programmed automated modifications for a variety of materials, including mild carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, die-cast aluminum, copper, or any composite materials including PVC, polycarbonate, thermoplastic and fiberglass.

“Horizon Solutions offers single-source convenience for all of our customer’s control panel needs from modifications to panel fabrication and related value add services. Partnering with us allows our customers to take the guesswork out of their estimates and it utilizes a fixed cost solution for your panel fabrication needs,” said Hayes. Learn more>>

Horizon Solutions, a wholesale distributor of electrical and industrial products and services across New England and upstate New York, recently introduced its new corporate brand identity and website.

“We’ve built a very unique and successful business in the 16 years since Horizon Solutions was created through the merger of three strong regional independent companies. Our external image and messaging, however, had remained basically as it was when the company was originally formed, and really didn’t align well with who we are today,” said Dave Hayes, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing Communications. “We needed to update and standardize our image to better reflect the company we’ve built. We’ve refined our messaging and rebranded with a new logo and website which tells our story more effectively. Our new look and feel, with its bright energetic colors and concise copy, better reflects the Horizon Solutions of today, and more clearly articulates how we improve the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of our customers. Our capabilities and technical resources uniquely position us to bring value to customers, and this effort more clearly reflects that.”

“The new Horizon Solutions website was designed with a modern fresh look and user-friendly navigation. We’ve experienced a significant increase in traffic since going live and have fielded numerous customer inquiries via our online chat functionality. The platform has also generated many new opportunities, which, of course, is a major benefit to our key suppliers.”