Agility Fuel Systems Invests $20 Million In Salisbury, North Carolina, Natural Gas Fuel System Manufacturing Plant
"Agility's investment in this facility demonstrates our deep commitment to the development and adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel in the heavy duty vehicle industry. Our new 204,000 square foot facility is the first truly vertically integrated natural gas fuel system manufacturing plant in North America and is a game changer for our industry. From the raw aluminum and steel for the frames and covers to the resin and carbon fiber for the cylinders, to installation onto the truck, Agility will now have complete control in one location over the quality, cost, and delivery of our natural gas fuel systems to our customers," said William Nowicke, the firm’s COO/Interim CEO.
"With this facility which represents a $20 million dollar investment, we will be able to meet and exceed the most stringent product requirements that our fleet customers, dealers, and OEMs demand. We want to thank all of our suppliers, contractors and employees for making this plant a reality. We are excited by the prospects for our company and the natural gas industry," Nowicke added.
According to company officials the new facility will be the industry's first vertically integrated natural gas fuel system production facility, ensuring best in class products, quality cost and lead times. It marks the transition in Agility's manufacturing footprint from Kelowna, Canada to the new plant in North Carolina that will happen over the next six months. Kelowna will remain as Agility's Technical Engineering center for the company.
The Salisbury plant capabilities will include: CNG Cylinder Production with in-house manufacturing of lighter and higher capacity cylinders; Fabrication with the latest Computer Numerically Controlled laser and metals fabrications technology; An automated paint shop with both powder and wet-coat capabilities; Assembly designed for maximum flexibility in assembling different fuel system configurations and multiple flow-through bays to maximize installation efficiency for a variety of vehicles and system configurations.
"Salisbury is proud to partner with Agility Fuel Systems on this new facility, bringing jobs to our community and producing a clean technology product that has a positive environmental impact," said Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson.
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