Published June 26, 2012
By Philippe Crowe
Westport Innovations Inc. announced today the official grand opening of the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC). Home to the new Westport WiNG Power System assembly center, this new facility is capable of installing up to 20,000 systems per year.
As a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM), Westport LD has developed a fully integrated, bi-fuel system to be fitted on Ford trucks. The WiNG Power System is designed, built, installed and delivered Key-Ready 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 is located 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 to Ford dealerships.
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 assessments.
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, Mich. technical center as part of its global operations.
The Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant produces the F-250 - F550, Super Duty, Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition.