Based in Vancouver, Canada, Westport is a leading provider of proprietary technology allowing engines to operate on clean-burning gaseous fuels. Westport plans to invest more than $4.5 million and establish a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Louisville for installation of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems and fleet operations for the Ford Super Duty trucks.
“The United States is a key market for a wide range of Westport Innovations technologies, and we’re very happy to be establishing new operations, products, jobs, and relationships with our automotive partners in the Louisville area,” said Ian Scott, president of Westport Light Duty.
To encourage the investment and job growth in Louisville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved Westport Fuel Systems for tax incentives 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 by meeting job and investment targets.
“Westport Fuel Systems’ decision to open a facility illustrates how Kentucky is establishing itself as a center of offering alternative energy sources to power our infrastructure,” said Rep. Bob DeWeese, of Louisville. “Their investment and creation of 40 new jobs represent a boost to our economy and is an example of another business drawn to Louisville because of the continued relationship our city and our Commonwealth enjoy with companies like Ford and the automotive industry as a whole.”
For more information on Westport, visit www.westport.com.
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