Bankrupt NG engine maker finds a buyer

Jason Cannon

April 8, 2013

Pennsylvania-based CNG One Source Inc. has acquired Emission Solutions Inc. (ESI) of McKinney, Texas.

Emission Solutions Inc. makes natural-gas engines for heavy-duty trucks. Among ESI’s best received offerings is its Phoenix NG, a 7.6-liter dedicated natural gas engine based on Navistar’s DT466E/MaxxForce DT platform and can run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

ESI filed for bankruptcy in September 2012, and investment banker Equity Partners CRB began seeking a buyer for the company early this year.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The purchase of ESI will allow CNG One Source to further develop the industry for medium and heavy duty natural gas vehicles,” Karen Teslovich, CNG One Source’s president, says. “Cummins Westport and now CNG One Source will be able to offer multiple engine types for consumers to operate their vehicles on a dedicated natural gas platform.”

CNG One Source plans to move the company’s base of operations to Erie, Pennsylvania where the business will secure additional jobs in manufacturing and machining, and work to develop a dealer network across the U.S.

CNG One Source said it expects to work with original equipment manufacturers to provide new natural-gas engines with the company’s technology, and it also will be repowering existing engines.

CNG One Source says the company also plans to bring additional benefits to market with its proprietary technology designs, which should lower the costs of CNG/LNG engines and improve their performance.

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