Westport LD Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Westport Kentucky Integration Center
~New Assembly Center for Westport WiNG(TM) Power System Bi-Fuel Natural Gas
Systems for Ford Super Duty Pickup Trucks~
LOUISVILLE, KY, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Westport Innovations Inc.
(TSX:WPT/NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today
announced the official grand opening of the Westport Kentucky
Integration Center (WKIC). Home to the new Westport(TM) WiNG Power System
assembly center, this new facility is capable of installing up to
20,000 systems per year.
“Louisville was a natural choice for the location of our newest Westport
facility,” said Douglas Mann, Director of Manufacturing, Westport LD.
“Westport has had a warm welcome from the state and the community, and
we’re very pleased to be supporting economic growth and establishing
new jobs and technologies in the region.”
As a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), Westport LD has developed an
advanced, fully integrated, bi-fuel system that meets or exceeds
original equipment manufacturing (OEM) standards. The WiNG Power System
is designed, built, installed and delivered Key-Ready(TM) to customers
through Westport LD authorized Ford dealers/distributors. The Ford
vehicle warranty remains intact and the additional components are
warranted by Westport LD to the same levels.
The Westport Kentucky Integration Center has an ideal location across
the street from the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant. The WiNG
Power System powered Ford trucks are a ship-through OEM product: the
trucks are taken directly from the Ford Plant to WKIC where the natural
gas fuel system is installed. The trucks then head back to Ford and are
delivered using the Ford transportation system Key-Ready(TM) to Ford
“Westport is a global leader in fuel technologies, and we’re proud to
have a company of its caliber here in the Commonwealth,” said Kentucky
Governor Steve Beshear. “The automotive industry is thriving here in
the Bluegrass, and the addition of Westport only strengthens that
Westport has been approved for tax incentives of up to $750,000 through
the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based
incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the
term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage
“It is important that our companies are flexible and innovative in order
to be competitive on a global level, and Westport LD has done just that
with working with Ford to fit their vehicles with their natural gas
fuel systems,” said Ted Smith, director of the city’s Department of
Economic Growth and Innovation. “Congratulations on your jobs and
investment in Louisville, and we look forward to working together in
To establish the Center, Westport has invested significantly in both
infrastructure, through renovating a previously vacant building, and
product training and skill development for its 40 new employees.
Westport LD also employs another 60 people in its Plymouth, Michigan
technical center as part of its global operations.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport is the leading global supplier of proprietary solutions that
allow engines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and operate on
clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied
natural gas (LNG), renewable natural gas (RNG or landfill gas),
liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and hydrogen. Westport(TM) high-pressure
direct injection (HPDI) technology is an advanced LNG fueling system
for heavy-duty vehicles such as highway trucks and off-road
applications such as mining and rail. Westport’s joint venture with
Cummins Inc., Cummins Westport Inc., designs, engineers and markets
spark-ignited natural gas engines for North American transportation
applications such as trucks and buses. The Westport LD division is a
global leader in CNG/LPG engines and components for passenger cars,
light-duty trucks and industrial applications such as forklifts. To
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