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February 10, 2015 in ACT Expo 2014, CNG, Companies by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$7.5 Million Salisbury Plant Announced by Local Officials

Compressed natural gas fuel systems manufacturer Agility Fuel Systems will create 149 jobs as it establishes a regional headquarters and production facility in Rowan County, the North Carolina Department of Commerce says.

Side-mount CNG cylinder assembly by Agility Fuel Systems

Side-mount CNG cylinder assembly by Agility Fuel Systems

“The company plans to invest $7.5 million in Salisbury,” states an NCDoC release.

Agility announced a joint venture with Hexagon Lincoln to manufacture both a new breed of lightweight Type IV CNG fuel cylinder, and the assemblies needed to mount them on heavy duty vehicles, at ACT Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif. (F&F, May 6).

The firms said that a manufacturing facility would be set up in the eastern U.S., handling both CNG tanks and assemblies, close to OEM customers.

‘A Great Position’

Salisbury is about 14 miles from the Freightliner factory in Cleveland, N.C.

“Agility will be in a great position to serve the Eastern United States by having its regional headquarters and production facility here in North Carolina,” N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said in the agency announcement.

Agility Fuel Systems CEO Barry Engle shakes with Hexagon Lincoln president Jack Schimenti (red tie) at ACT Expo 2014 this past May. They’re flanked by Agility president and CTO Ron Eickelman (far left) and Hexagon Lincoln VP Chet Dawes, celebrating the formation of a new joint venture to manufacture both CNG fuel cylinders and CNG fuel cylinder arrays for heavy duty vehicles.

“Agility has been in business for 18 years and has more than 25,000 trucks on the road, logging 1.5 billion miles per year,” states the release. “The company’s Rowan County facility will serve as a regional headquarters for the East Coast.” Agility is headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif.


“We are really pleased to announce that our new world class production facility will be located in Salisbury,” Agility president and CEO Barry Engle says in the state disclosure.

“We are committed to making this relationship a win-win-win for the State of North Carolina, Rowan County and our company,” he said.

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $300,000.

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Source: North Carolina Department of Commerce with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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