$20 Million ‘World Class Facility’ for CNG Fuel Systems in Salisbury
Agility Fuel Systems celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing plant in Salisbury, N.C. yesterday with a ribbon-cutting attended by more than 300 guests.
Agility COO and interim CEO William Nowicke and plant manager/operations director Shawn Adelsberger were joined by Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and Gregg Edds, chairman of the Rowan County board of commissioners, to commemorate the occasion.
“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,” Nowicke said in a release.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
In-House CNG Cylinders Planned
Agility expects to manufacture compressed natural gas fuel cylinder with joint venture partner Hexagon Lincoln (F&F, May 6, 2014). Agility buys cryogenic tanks for liquefied natural gas from Chart Industries, and will be able to produce both CNG and LNG fuel assemblies at Salisbury.
Agility promises the industry’s best in class products, quality cost and lead times. The company notes that manufacturing Kelowna, B.C. will be shifted to the new plant in over the next six months, and that the Canada facility will be maintained as a technical engineering center.
‘The Most Stringent Product Requirements’
Salisbury plant capabilities will include
- CNG cylinder production: in-house manufacturing of lighter and higher capacity cylinders;
- Fabrication: CNC/computer numerically controlled laser and metals fabrications technology to ensure exacting dimensional control guaranteeing the best quality;
- Paint Shop: automated shop with both powder and wet-coat capabilities to ensure the highest quality and finish consistent with truck and bus OEM requirements;
- Assembly: equipment designed for maximum flexibility in assembling different fuel system configurations for a wide range of customer requirements and applications; and
- Installation: multiple flow-through bays to maximize installation efficiency for a variety of vehicles and system configurations, with fueling capability onsite.
“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,” Nowicke.
“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.”
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