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Business View – May 2021 / Business News
Georgia-based Chart Industries, a leading global manufacturer of equipment used in the clean energy and industrial gas markets, made a significant hiring announcement that will nearly triple its team at the Theodore site.
The company will add 94 employees to its current roster over the next two years, invest $2.5 million to improve the existing facility, construct a new building and purchase needed equipment.
“The Mobile community is a great place for us to expand our business, in part due to the accessibility of the Port of Mobile, but more importantly, the highly skilled talent that we are eager to add to the Chart family,” said Chart CEO and President Jill Evanko.
Last fall, Chart purchased the hydrogen trailer and cryogenic trailer business from Worthington Industries. The new project will increase manufacturing capacity of hydrogen transport trailers at this location and introduce the capability of producing hydrogen bulk storage tanks at the company’s second U.S. location.
Hydrogen is widely used today in petroleum refining, technology and fertilizer production while it is taking on a greater role with fuel cells for distribution centers for companies like Walmart and Amazon.
As the push for renewable energy continues, hydrogen is at the core of that, explained Chart’s local General Manager Josh Oakes. “It is cleaner and more efficient,” he said.
“Chart is another example of a company that sees value in our area workforce and the community’s logistical assets that include the Port of Mobile,” said David Rodgers, the Mobile Area Chamber’s vice president of economic development. “Our manufacturing sector continues to grow and prosper in our community.”
AT A GLANCE
CAPITAL INVESTMENT: $2.5 million
TIMELINE: Construction underway
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