Chart Industries has broken ground on a new facility in South Carolina, expanding its service coverage to customers in the south-eastern US.
The new facility will be equipped to refurbish and rehab cryogenic equipment ranging from bulk vessels, Perma-Cyl® MicroBulk Storage Systems, trailers, Orca™ MicroBulk Delivery Systems, liquid cylinders and more.
It will also serve as a distribution area for some new Chart equipment, such as vaporizers, and act a staging area for a portion of the company’s Cryo-Lease rental inventory, which gives customers the opportunity to lease equipment as an alternative to outright purchase.
Chart said that it is investing significantly in its fleet of rental assets. The company has already added over 40 new items, ranging from Orca trucks to hospital trailers to dosers, with more being added every week.
George Arnett, Chart’s Vice-President and General Manager, Parts, Repairs and Service, told gasworld, “Chart had been evaluating locations in South Carolina for about a year. Our team selected the new site several months ago and began the process of purchasing it from Chester County. “
“From our existing facilities in Nevada, Texas, Minnesota, and New Hampshire, Chart already provides coverage to the West, South, Midwest and Northeast. We are excited that we will soon be able to serve the Southeast as well.”
“In total, the site is nearly 27 acres and the shop will have an initial footprint of 20,000 square feet with a 50+ ft high bay and fully enclosed blast and paint booth. Further, the shop is being designed to double in size, as we do expect significant growth within a few years. “
The new facility is expected to create approximately 50 jobs for South Carolina locals.
A ground-breaking ceremony for the facility was held last week. Chart’s General Contractor, Myers and Chapman, and design engineering partner, Scope, participated in the event along with several others including the South Carolina State Department of Commerce.
Jill Evanko, Chart’s President and CEO was also present. At the ceremony, she said, “Our repair, service and leasing division is growing over 10% annually as the result of expanding our geographic footprint over the past two years.”
“We have had interest in expanding into the south-eastern US for some time, as many of our customers have large installed bases of products that need refurbishment in the Carolinas.”
The new site will be ready to receive customer equipment in early Q1 2021. Chart is planning for the new facility to be fully operational in late Q1 or early Q2 2021.