SALISBURY, NC – A developer and manufacturer of natural gas fuel systems for heavy duty vehicles in North America celebrated the opening of their new manufacturing plant in Salisbury, NC as it transitions a big part of its operation out of Canada.
Agility Fuel Systems new facility is the industry’s first vertically integrated natural gas fuel system production facility, according to the California-based company.
It marks the transition in Agility’s manufacturing footprint from Kelowna, BC to the new plant that will happen over the next six months. Kelowna will remain as Agility’s Technical Engineering center for the company.
“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. 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,” said William Nowicke, chief operating officer and interim CEO. 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.’
According to Agility, the Salisbury plant capabilities will include:
- CNG Cylinder Production: In-house manufacturing of lighter and higher capacity cylinders
- Fabrication: Equipped with the latest Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) laser and metals fabrications technology to ensure exacting dimensional control guaranteeing the best quality
- Paint Shop: An automated paint shop with both powder and wet-coat capabilities to ensure the highest quality and finish consistent with truck and bus OEM requirements
- Assembly: Designed for maximum flexibility in assembling different fuel system configurations for a wide range of customer’s requirements and applications
- Installation: Multiple flow-through bays to maximize installation efficiency for a variety of vehicles and system configurations, with fueling capability onsite
The facility represents a US$20 million dollar investment.
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