LOUISVILLE, KY – Westport Innovations Inc., a natural gas engine provider, announced the official grand opening of the Westport Kentucky Integration Center (WKIC), which is home to the new Westport WiNG Power System assembly center.
The new facility is capable of installing up to 20,000 systems per year, according to Westport.
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 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 and 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, according to the company.