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Westport Moving Ford Upfits to Dallas

January 17, 2014 in Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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 is closing WKIC, its Westport Kentucky Integration Center in Louisville, as it consolidates operations in Dallas.

Westport is moving its Ford CNG conversion work to Dallas from WKIC, the Westport Kentucky Integration Center that opened in Louisville in June 2012.

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 Innovations’ 120-gallon iCE Pack LNG tank and accessory items

Westport Innovations’ 120-gallon Ice Pack LNG tank and accessory items

“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


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