‘Unique and Robust Designs’ Were Among the Attractions,
As BoC Units Complement Existing Top-of-Body Assemblies
Worthington Industries has acquired Trilogy Engineered Solutions, bolstering an existing line-up of inboard fuel storage assemblies for heavy duty compressed natural gas vehicles. The purchase price was not disclosed.
“Trilogy’s technology and fuel system models complement our existing CNG fuel systems offering,” Andrew Billman, president of the Worthington Industries pressure cylinders business, said in a release.
Worthington acquired the former dHybrid last year (F&F, October 20, 2014).
‘Accelerates the Opportunity for Growth’
“This acquisition accelerates the opportunity for growth in our alternative fuels business and supports our commitment to provide reliable high quality alternative fuel tanks and systems,” Billman said. “It also increases our opportunity to partner with Trilogy’s established network of dealers and service centers, and provide value through the supply chain.”
“With Trilogy comes a full line of back-of-cab and rail-mounted systems,” says Worthington alternative fuels product manager Wayne Powers. “Their product line is very complementary to the top-of-body systems we already had,” he told F&F.
Type IVs? Sure
“It very much puts us up as a full-line supplier to the heavy duty truck market,” Powers says, pointing to Trilogy’s “unique and robust designs.”
Worthington has acquired the following Trilogy patents pertaining to CNG fuel systems
- U.S. patent No. D697,195 for a CNG manifold (design);
- U.S. patent No. 8,915,322 (CNG methods and systems);
- U.S. patent No. 8,807,256 (CNG methods and systems); and
- U.S. patent No. 9,086,187 (CNG methods and systems).
Worthington manufactures Type III carbon fiber-on-aluminum CNG cylinders – still known as SCI tanks, for the former Structural Composites Industries – in Pomona, Calif. “We’ll use a combination of Worthington cylinders as well as other manufacturers’,” Powers says, acknowledging that Trilogy’s lightweight designs are based on Type IV cylinders.
Outlets in Five States
Trilogy was an outgrowth of Ohio’s Wrayco, which Worthington expects to continue to use as a supplier, Powers says.
He agreed with Billman Worthington plans to take advantage of Trilogy’s distribution network, which includes Palmer Trucks in Indianapolis, as well as outlets in Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas (F&F, August 21).
Salt Lake City Is the Center for Worthington Fuel Systems
Trilogy manufacturing equipment is being transferred from Stow, Ohio to Worthington’s operation in Salt Lake City.
Worthington is a diversified metals manufacturing company with 2015 fiscal year sales of $3.4 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington employs approximately 10,000 people and operates 83 facilities in 11 countries.
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