Horton Holding, Inc. recognized by Polar Bears International & Como Park Zoo & Conservatory with the Paw of Approval Award

Horton Holding, Inc. has been honored with the Paw of Approval Award, for extraordinary accomplishments in CO2 reductions. Given annually to a local business, the 2012 award was presented on May 24 at the Be Cool event hosted by Polar Bears International (PBI), a nonprofit dedicated to polar bear conservation, the Como Zoo and its partner Como Friends. The award consists of a framed limited-edition polar bear photograph by Daniel J. Cox of Natural Exposures.

Horton Holding, Inc. was nominated by Como Friends and earned PBI’s Paw of Approval Award (PAW) through the company’s reduction in the consumption of natural gas and propane, development of alternative packaging and expansion of recycling efforts.

“Horton is honored to receive this esteemed recognition. We are very progressive in our pursuit to conserve resources and lessen our carbon footprint,” says Tom Wollin, Horton’s director, quality assurance, purchasing and regulatory compliance. “From environmental and resource considerations in product design through the remanufacture of used products, we are always looking for new and innovative methods to decrease resource consumption and pollution.”

Featuring a polar bear as part of its corporate identity, Horton is an industry leader in adopting ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification. Horton’s climate-friendly initiatives include reaching annual conservation targets to reduce, reuse and recycle. The primary benefit of Horton’s fan drives and fans is to lower fuel consumption and operating noise in on- and off-highway vehicles and equipment. In 2011, the company reduced electricity consumption by 8 to 15 percent worldwide by changing to T8 fluorescent lighting fixtures. Horton also recirculates water from their washers and has a substantial remanufacturing program. These efforts keep materials and chemicals out of landfills.

“The PBI Paw of Approval Award recognizes environmental leadership within our community,” states Como’s campus manager, Michelle Furrer. “Horton Holding, Inc. has a long tradition of supporting Como and our polar bears. It’s wonderful to be able to support them in their effort to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Como Zoo is part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Center Zoos. These centers focus on animal well-being and enrichment, take a leadership role in stewardship and carbon reduction efforts in their communities, and participate in PBI polar bear research efforts. They also take part in PBI outreach programs.


Polar Bears International: Polar Bear International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research, education, and stewardship. Visit their website at www.polarbearsinternational.org to learn more.

Como Friends:  The mission of Como Friends is to promote, support, preserve and enhance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Since incorporating in 1999, Como Friends has contributed over $30 million to Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for visionary capital improvements, creation and growth of endowment and annual investments in programs and improvements to benefit animals, gardens and visitors.

Horton Holding, Inc:  With over 60 years of industry experience, commitment to service, reliability and innovation, Horton is a premium worldwide provider of fan drives, fans and suspension products. Horton’s comprehensive research and development processes are driven by a dedication to exceed industry requirements today and in the future. The company has manufacturing plants in the United States and Germany, with licensed manufacturing facilities in Australia and the United Kingdom; offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Germany; and representatives in Chile, Russia, South Korea, China, India and Australia. Horton products include VMaster® and Stratis® Viscous Fan Drives, VMaster Di and Stratis Di Viscous Fan Drives and Controllers, DM Advantage® On/Off and Two-Speed Fan Drives, Arctis® Two-Speed Fan Drives, Electromagnetic On/Off Fan Drives, WindMaster® Revolution High-Efficiency/Hybrid-Flow Fans, WindMaster Fans, WindShift™ Modular Fans, Shogun™ Modular Fans, Klondike Series® Replacement Fan Clutches for the Kysor® K22RA and K26RA as well as repair kits for Kysor’s K26RA, K22RA and K22FA, PolarForce® Two-Speed Conversion Kits, DM Advantage Conversion Super Kits, Genuine Horton repair kits, remanufactured fan drives and Roller Bushing Suspension Products.