Aiming for Full Production at Former BAF Facility in Second Quarter
As Louisville WKIC Will Be Used to Manufacture Ice Pack LNG Tanks
Westport Innovations has advised customers and dealers that it is centralizing its Ford natural gas vehicles work, moving upfit operations to the former BAF conversion center in Dallas it acquired last year from Clean Energy Fuels.
Westport will use the Westport Kentucky Integration Center that opened next to the Ford plant in Louisville in June 2012 to manufacture its new Ice Pack brand fuel tanks for liquefied natural gas.
The Westport facility in Plymouth, Mich. will be maintained as an engineering center for light duty vehicle products and a test center for medium duty engines.
The company wants to streamline its supply chain and otherwise reduce costs.
“Westport remains committed to delivering solutions for the natural gas transportation market,” states the notice. “As we work to make continuous improvements, our goal will be a seamless transition.
Dallas Facility Is Less Than Two Years Old
“Most importantly, throughout this consolidation, our order management system, distribution network, production availability and production facilities will continue to operate as business as usual.”
Westport is aiming for a full transition to Dallas by the second quarter.
Westport has upwards of ten dedicated-CNG and compressed natural gas-gasoline bi-fuel vehicle products available through about 150 Ford dealers under QVM, the automaker’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier program.
Clean Energy-BAF opened the 90,000-square-foot facility in Dallas in April 2012 (F&F, April 23, 2012).
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Source: Westport memo with Fleets & Fuels follow-up