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Louisville: $4.5m facility to supply compressed NG fuel system

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Westport Innovations Inc. has announced plans to establish a manufacturing facility in Louisville that will create 40 new jobs.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Westport is a leading provider of proprietary technology that allows engines to operate on clean-burning gaseous fuels. The company plans to invest more than $4.5 million to establish a 50,000-s.f. manufacturing facility in Louisville for the installation of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems and fleet operations for 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.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved the company 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 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 State Rep. Bob DeWeese, of Louisville. “Their investment … 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.”