The new 22,000-square-foot facility is located in Torrance, a city located in the south-western region of Los Angeles County, California, where the company has employed about 10 people, with another 10 expected to be hired by next year, according to Weiss.
“There is just been a bigger focus on natural gas in North America over the past couple of years and it is going into a phase where it is more conscious of the environment,” Weiss explained.
Regarding local market, Landi Renzo has chosen California as US headquarter since the state has the nation’s largest CNG fuelling infrastructure. Besides, Torrance is convenient because Toyota –one of the firm’s bigger clients- and Honda have major operations in the city.
However, the company’s conversions will be mainly for fleet vehicles, with possible growth in passenger vehicles. “Right here, we’re going to focus mostly on fleets to start off,” said Weiss. Landi Renzo will used Baytech Corp.’s technology, an American firm that makes CNG conversion systems and that was acquired by the Italian company for $15 million last July.