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Optronics completes purchase of Texas-based USA Harness

Jan. 13, 2020
Acquisition transforms combined company into industry’s newest fully integrated commercial vehicle lighting, harness supplier

Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, recently completed the acquisition of Texas-based USA Harness.

A leader in trailer harnesses and electronic control systems, USA Harness serves the global transportation industry with its USA-PLUS Sealed Modular Wiring Harness System and patented USA-PLUS Modular Connection System. With its unique O-ring-style seal and secondary lock pin design, the USA-PLUS Modular Connection System is tested and proven to perform at three times the industry standard, Optronics said.

The acquisition makes Optronics the newest of only a few manufacturers capable of fully serving the light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry with both lighting and harness technologies.

“In less than a decade, Optronics has dramatically changed the competitive landscape in commercial vehicle lighting with its focus on technological innovation, broader options and greater value, and we’re about to do the same with harnesses,” said Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International. “OEMs have become ever more adamant in encouraging us to enter the harness side of the business, because the competition in that segment has remained so limited.”

Optronics already manufactures harnesses on three continents, and is the undisputed leader in Australia, the company said. Coupled with its diverse international background and experience, the newly acquired engineering and manufacturing capabilities of USA Harness will position Optronics to hit the ground running in North America, while fully leveraging its synergies as a global lighting and harness supplier.

“We have watched Optronics’ exponential growth over the years and have engineered more and more harness systems for use exclusively with their lighting,” said Debby Thompson, interim president of USA Harness. “Though we’ll continue to produce harness systems that interface with all major lighting manufacturers, we’re excited to now be able to offer a fully integrated modular power delivery and lighting solution.”

Optronics said it is committed to its global manufacturing culture, and according to company officials, the acquisition of a US-based harness manufacturing capability gives it greater supply chain latitude. “Just like the OEMs we serve, we’re going to manufacture harness and lighting systems wherever it makes the most sense,” Johnson said. 

With their blended experience, both companies will begin selling integrated modular lighting and harness systems from Day 1. Targeted manufacturers include those making heavy-duty dry van, reefer, tank, car haul and flatbed trailers, as well as those making light- to medium-duty trailers. Heavy-duty truck and body manufacturers also will be a focus, as will heavy-duty off-highway vehicles, armored couriers and other specialized vocational equipment manufacturers.

“We’re excited to see more competition come to the commercial vehicle lighting and harness business,” said Andy Tanner, president of Talbert Manufacturing. “Knowing Optronics, I expect this move to benefit my company, my customers and the industry as a whole.”

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