Tucson, AZ– Walbro Engine Management, a global leader in engine management technology solutions for non-automotive applications, is expanding its multilayer fuel tank production and support capabilities to meet the rapidly increasing demand for low evaporative emission fuel tanks in the global Lawn & Garden and Recreation & Marine markets. Walbro Engine Management has announced the addition of two new advanced multilayer blow molding machines; one for installation in North America at the end of 2010, and the other for installation in Thailand in mid-2011. Additionally, Walbro Engine Management plans to add several more blow molding machines in late 2011 and 2012. These additions complement the existing capacity and technical resources established by Walbro over the past five years in Cass City, Michigan.
“As tighter evaporative emission regulations are being implemented and enforced, our multilayer fuel tank technology provides customers with a durable long range solution that ensures compliance to the end of a product’s life cycle, with a variety of different fuels,” said Tony Martin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Walbro Engine Management. “Walbro’s pioneering efforts in multilayer tank technology puts us on the leading edge of evaporative emissions solutions. Our expanded manufacturing capacity and footprint, coupled with additional technical support personnel, will help ensure that our fuel tank business is very well positioned to bring the latest technical solutions to our global small engine customer base.”
To support their business expansion, Walbro recently added three experienced technical personnel toits growing fuel tank business team. Chris Quick has joined Walbro Engine Management as Business Unit Director – Fuel Storage & Delivery. Quick is responsible for increasing Walbro’s global fuel tank sales and supporting the start-up of tank manufacturing at Walbro’s facility in Thailand. He is based in Troy, Michigan.
Quick has 30 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing, commercial and business management roles, primarily in the automotive industry. Prior to joining Walbro Engine Management, Quick was responsible for all North American fuel tank systems facilities focused on lean practices and standardization of methodology, process and operation procedures, with a leading automotive supplier.
Todd Lemieux has joined Walbro Engine Management as Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager, based at Walbro Thailand. Lemieux is responsible for the start-up of the blow molding operations in Thailand and Asia.
Prior to joining Walbro, Lemieux spent nearly 12 years with a leading automotive supplier at various locations, including a recent assignment in Thailand. While in Thailand, Lemieux held multiple positions including engineer, purchasing supplier development, and warranty.
Kamtorn Saidarasamoot has joined Walbro Engine Management as Quality Manager based at Walbro Thailand. Saidarasamoot is responsible for quality assurance and quality control for the start up of Walbro’s blow molding operations in Thailand, and is responsible for ensuring that Walbro’s global quality standards are brought to Thailand’s blow molding operations.
Prior to joining Walbro, Saidarasamoot held several positions with a leading automotive supplier including Global Supplier Quality Manager, Quality Assurance Assistant Manager, and Customer Support Engineer.
Walbro Engine Management is a global market leader of engine management systems for the lawn and garden, recreational and marine, outdoor power equipment, and two-wheel small engine markets. Walbro Engine Management manufactures ignition systems, fuel injection, air/fuel management systems and fuel storage and distribution systems. Walbro Engine Management is a global organization with manufacturing and engineering facilities in China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and the United States, with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. Additional information regarding Walbro Engine Management is available at www.walbro.com/.
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Ann M. Guernsey
Walbro Engine Management