Chart Industries has today (31st May) expanded its cold box manufacturing capability and capacity, having announced its acquisition of Fronti Fabrications for $20m.

Based in Pennsylvania, Fronti Fabrication is a specialist in engineering, machining and welding for the cryogenic and gas industries, and also supplies new build pressure vessels and performs repairs.

The acquisition of the firm will see Chart gain an addition cold box fabrication facility in Pennsylvania to meet present demands, and add both agility and capacity to further improve delivery lead-times and future orders.

gasworld believes the new site will see Chart increase its under-roof cold box fabrication facility by approximately 25%.

Jill Evanko, President and CEO of Chart Industries, said, “The acquisition of Fronti brings another cryogenic industry partner into the Chart portfolio, expands our cold box manufacturing capability and capacity, and creates the foundation for our mid-Atlantic flexible manufacturing location.”

“We are also very excited to have Joe Fronti and the entire Fronti team continue with the business and work even closer with our existing teams on the heart and soul of LNG, hydrogen and helium liquefaction equipment.”

Joe Fronti, President of Fronti Fabrications, added, “It’s an honour to join the Chart family. We have been combining Fronti’s cryogenic fabrication skills and project capabilities for over 50 years and are excited to continue to take our helium and hydrogen liquefaction work to the next level as part of Chart.”

“I look forward to not only continuing to grow our cold box project base, but also having our Allentown Pennsylvania location become a key part of Chart’s flexible manufacturing footprint.”