The Lowcountry continues to attract automotive related capital investments. Alkane Truck Company, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of commercial trucks, is establishing new manufacturing operations in Dorchester County. According to the company, the new facility is expected to create more than 300 jobs in Summerville, S.C.
“We truly have an amazing story from our inception several years ago to the introduction of our Class 7 truck today,” said Alkane Truck Company CEO Bob Smith. “We have the first and currently the only cab over truck of this weight class powered exclusively with either LPG or CNG in America; that is special. As locals living and working in South Carolina we feel very fortunate to be able to build our business in the great State of South Carolina. We will be hiring well over 300 automotive technicians and adding employees as we continue to expand our business to include additional models. With manufacturing neighbors such as Boeing, BMW and Volvo, we are definitely in good company.”
Established in 2012 and headquartered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Alkane Truck Company specializes in medium duty trucks, medium heavy trucks and heavy duty tractors, which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG).
This month, the company announced a brand new line of alternative fuel vehicles – the Alkane Class 7 cab-over truck. Once full production of these trucks begins in the first quarter of 2016, they will be sold throughout the company’s established network of approximately 130 truck dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada.
To produce the new product line, Alkane is leasing an existing manufacturing facility in Summerville. The 100,000-square-foot facility will employ more than 300 automotive technicians once it reaches full capacity within the next two years.
For more information on the company, visit www.alkanetruckcompany.com.