Chart Industries is to build a new industrial gas equipment repair centre in Nevada.

The leading independent global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases, has announced its subsidiary, Chart Distribution and Storage, is expanding its cryogenic equipment repair services to Reno, Nevada.

$quot;Combining the experience of the management teams from our Texas, Minnesota and Georgia repair facilities, we are investing in a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art repair facility located on 15 acres in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Centre to service our customers in the western half of the US,$quot; said Roger Hansen, Vice President of Chart's Distribution and Storage Bulk Gas Products Group.

$quot;Our customers in this region will now benefit from rapid turnaround and lower shipping rates to repair bulk, mobile and cryogenic packaged gas equipment with the same high quality that we have at our three existing repair facilities.$quot;

Chart Distribution and Storage's factory-trained personnel, service all makes and models of cryogenic bulk storage vessels, cryogenic transport, industrial liquid cylinders and beverage cylinders, using the same parts, processes, and techniques employed on its newly manufactured units.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in July, and it is expected to be ready to receive customer bulk and mobile equipment for repair from in September 2009; it is expected to be fully operational by January 2010.

According to Chart Industries, western US customers will benefit from rapid turnaround and lower shipping rates once the facility is up and running.