CURT Advances Hitch Testing, Research and Development with New Director

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Robert Krouse Joins the Engineering Team at CURT's Wixom Facility

CURT Manufacturing LLC., the leading manufacturer and marketer of USA-made towing products, has brought on board an industry-leading authority on towing safety and standards. Robert Krouse has joined the Engineering team in CURT’s Wixom facility and will be heading up research and development to advance CURT’s hitch ratings and standards.

Krouse is an expert in trailer hitch design and testing, as well as towing safety. He has over 25 years of experience working for GM as a trailering engineer and subject matter expert. He has worked with Proving Ground Test Lab and CAE to refine hitch durability. He has also authored internal and external trailering literature and conducted training seminars for GM engineers, management, journalists and industry professionals.

Krouse has also done extensive work with the SAE organization, serving on a number of trailering committees to improve tow ratings and standards. He initiated and chaired the Tow Vehicle-Trailer Rating Committee that standardized the OEM methodology for trailer ratings, covering all aspects of towing. He also helped develop standardized weight conditions for trailer rating calculation.

Krouse is a welcomed asset for CURT and has brought a wealth of knowledge to help us better serve our OE customers. He officially started with the company in early May and will be serving as the Director of R&D, Testing and OE Sales, working to advance CURT test capabilities, increase industry knowledge and improve OE customer satisfaction. Krouse will also be working through SAE to advance and develop hitch industry requirements for conventional receiver hitches, 5th wheels and goosenecks.

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About CURT Manufacturing: CURT is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium towing products. The company offers American-made, custom-fit receiver hitches and wiring harnesses for nearly any vehicle on the road. They also market a broad range of trailer hitches, towing systems and related accessories. CURT is ‘The First Name in Towing Products’ for automobile, SUV, and truck hitches, as well as RV, gooseneck and commercial towing systems. Products are marketed through retailers, distributors, installers, and e-tailers across the U.S. and Canada. CURT employs hundreds of associates, primarily at their manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. CURT operates 10 regional warehouses throughout the United States and Canada and has been twice named a Wisconsin ‘Manufacturer of the Year’.

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