Agility’s World-Class North Carolina Plant Celebrates Its First Anniversary
COSTA MESA, Calif., October 21, 2016 Agility Fuel Solutions, the leading developer and manufacturer of all-composite cylinders and natural gas fuel systems for heavy-duty vehicles, is celebrating one year of production at its state-of-the-art facility in Salisbury, N.C. The flagship plant is the only vertically integrated facility of its kind and has revolutionized how natural gas fuel systems are manufactured and assembled. Agility has invested over $20 million to launch this facility in record time. The location was identified in January of 2015 and by October of the same year the plant and offices were successfully completed and in operation.
Occupying over 200,000 square feet, it features computer numerically controlled (CNC) laser and metals fabrications technology to maximize quality, and an automated paint shop with both powder and wet-coat capabilities to produce a superior finish consistent with truck and bus OEM requirements. This facility also features multiple flow-through bays to maximize installation efficiency for a variety of vehicles and system configurations. Over 125 unique new fuel system assemblies across the refuse, bus and truck segments have been launched since its opening. Many of these were the largest capacity fuel systems (175 DGEs) in the Company’s history, utilizing proprietary 27-inch diameter all-composite cylinders in its assembly. Achievements also include profitability within four months and an ISO 9001-2015 certification within nine months.
“We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve in such a short amount of time, which is a testament to the skill and dedication of our team and our partners to make this world class facility become a reality. This facility offers customer the best quality, cost and technology and we believe that the North Carolina facility will be instrumental in driving adoption of natural gas in the North American market,” said Kathleen Ligocki, CEO Agility Fuel Solutions.
“We look forward to even more great achievements in the future. We would also like to thank the local community for embracing us as a new employer to the area and special thanks to Rowan Cabarrus Community College, RowanWORKS Economic Development, Rowan County Commissioners’, Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury’s Mayor’s office, and all the other local business owners who encouraged and supported us in our efforts to set up this world class facility,” stated Shawn Adelsberger, Agility’s Director of Operations in North Carolina.