Alkane Truck Company, an original equipment manufacturer of commercial trucks, is establishing new Low country manufacturing operations in Summerville, South Carolina. The new facility is expected to create more than 300 jobs in Dorchester County.
Established in 2012 and headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Alkane Truck Company specializes in medium duty trucks, medium heavy trucks and heavy duty tractors, which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG).
This month, the company announced a brand new line of alternative fuel vehicles – the Alkane Class 7 cab-over truck. Once full production of these trucks begins in the first quarter of 2016, they will be sold throughout the company’s established network of approximately 130 truck dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada. To produce the new product line, Alkane is leasing an existing manufacturing facility in Summerville. The 100,000-square-foot facility will employ more than 300 automotive technicians once it reaches full capacity within the next two years.
“We truly have an amazing story from our inception several years ago to the introduction of our Class 7 truck today. We have the first and currently the only cab over truck of this weight class powered exclusively with either LPG or CNG in America; that is special. As locals living and working in South Carolina we feel very fortunate to be able to build our business in the great State of South Carolina. We will be hiring well over 300 automotive technicians and adding employees as we continue to expand our business to include additional models. With manufacturing neighbors such as Boeing, BMW and Volvo, we are definitely in good company,” said Alkane Truck Company CEO Bob Smith.
“Everyone knows we build cars and planes in South Carolina, but we also build trucks. Alkane’s decision to invest in Summerville and create 300 new jobs there proves that when a company is looking for a place to build their product, they don’t have to look any farther than South Carolina and our people. We couldn’t be happier to celebrate the 300 new jobs Alkane is bringing to Dorchester County, and we are proud to congratulate this great company for all of the success they have found here,” said Governor Nikki Haley.
“Alkane Trucks will be an asset to Dorchester County and the entire region. Our three counties offer an incredible combination of assets for global manufacturers, including an established automotive cluster, a skilled workforce with a depth of expertise, and integrated transportation infrastructure. By choosing to locate here, Alkane sends a powerful message to truck & automotive companies around the world reinforcing just how competitive we have become,” Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Anita Zucker explained.