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  • NORTH AMERICA
    The North American NGV market continues its rapid growth of infrastructure and the roll-out of natural gas fleets.
    The Canadian and U.S. governments released a Joint Forward Plan early September that set the stage for improvements in the way regulatory departments and agencies in both countries work together; it identifies natural gas as a transportation fuel as a priority area.
    North American OEMs use Qualified Vehicle Modifiers to deliver their products to market with natural gas conversions. US EPA has approved a multitude of dedicated and bi-fuel vehicle conversion platforms from companies like Omnitek, American Power Group, IMPCO, NatGasCar and Landi Renzo. Mining haul trucks are being converted to LNG.

    The 114SD, built on Freightliner’s severe-duty platform, adds 12-liter Westport power.
    Honda has rolled out its 2015 factory-built 2015 Civic Natural Gas. U.S. sweeper manufacturer TYMCO has added a dedicated CNG sweeper to its range. Greenkraft and EDI are jointly planning to develop a CNG-hybrid EV. Kenworth now sells its T880 vocational truck and T680 sleeper with factory-installed Cummins Westport ISX12 G 400-hp spark-ignited natural gas engine, as does Freightliner with its new 114SD severe duty truck, and 579 and 567 natural gas models. Westport and Collins Bus launched a dedicated CNG Type A School Bus.
    Clean Energy Fuels, the major US developer of CNG and LNG fuelling stations, has constructed and completed 69 stations in 2014. It has secured deals with major fleet operators across the country and together with an increasing number of other installers, has built a national network of fuel stations that enable continent-wide travel using natural gas. In Q3 it delivered 50.6 million CNG Gallons. Trillium CNG is on target to build 101 CNG stations by end-2016.
    Refuse fleets like Waste Management, Republic Services and Progressive Waste Solutions, with thousands of trucks between them, are gathering waste in quieter, cleaner vehicles and in ma

  • I just laugh every time I think about that ......

  • If new management is part of the solution ......is it quietly in the works...?

  • Reply to

    employee reviews glass door

    by cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:08 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 19, 2014 9:48 AM Flag

    looks to me like someone needs to go though the employee roster particularly management/middle management with a fine toothed comb....check that ...with a rake.....

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 19, 2014 8:49 AM Flag

    Then you are living that old joke....

    You are the market .....

  • NGVAmerica Cheers Extension of Alternative Fuel and Infrastructure Tax Credit
    December 19, 2014 | USA, Washington DC | Source: NGVAmerica
    Godlewski Cites Continued Support for Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel
    NGVAmerica commends the U.S. Senate for passing tax legislation that extends the alternative fuel and infrastructure tax credits retroactively for all of 2014. The measure, already approved by the House, now goes to the President and is expected to be signed into law within the week.
    The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) extends over fifty provisions of the tax code that expired at the end of 2013 or during 2014. NGVAmerica lobbied for key provisions contained in H.R. 5771, including:
    • Extension of Fuel Tax Credit for Natural Gas, which extends the $0.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) credit/payment for the business use of natural gas as a transportation fuel; and
    • Extension of Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling, which extends the 30 percent/$30,000 investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refueling property and the $1,000 tax credit for home refueling appliances.
    Also included are the extension of several other tax provisions including the 50 percent bonus depreciation option for nearly all business equipment placed in service in 2014.
    “Passage of the alternative fuel tax and infrastructure credits help build the network to support NGVs,” said NGVAmerica President Matthew Godlewski. “It also demonstrates continued support in the Congress for natural gas as a transportation fuel. There’s more work to be done and we look forward to working with the new Congress on long-term measures that accelerate the industry.”
    Unfortunately, the tax inequity between liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel was not addressed by this Congress. Currently, LNG is taxed at a higher rate than the diesel fuel it competes with, working against NGV adoption in the heavy truck market. Resetting the tax rate so that it is applied on an energy

  • Reply to

    employee reviews glass door

    by cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:08 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 19, 2014 1:00 AM Flag

    Feb 6, 2014

    “Good learning experience ”

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    I worked at Westport Innovations as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros
    Flexible schedule, great work life balance
    Cons
    Pay is low, no mentoring/minimal feedback on the work you do.
    Not much training either.
    Office environment is too dull
    Feb 6, 2014

    “It was a good experience - good company to work for. ”

    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Windsor, ON (Canada)
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (less than an year)

    Pros
    They seem to have money to burn.
    Cons
    They burn through money too fast. They have started cutting back but could be too late.
    Advice to Management
    Trying to cut cost and I think they will make too many rules to get approvals therefore hindering
    production / set up.

    Feb 1, 2014

    “Don't waste your time or talent here ”

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros
    People are diverse and very knowledgeable. Travel budget is unlimited with no restrictions on alcohol while entertaining.
    Cons
    Every 6 months they're re-organizing and changing their business model. People never get to excel and meet objectives. Constant changes and lay-offs becomes very daunting leaving people to wonder if they're next to be cut. Very high turn-over for this type of company.
    Advice to Management
    Stick with one business model. Constant change in direction wastes a lot of investor money.

  • Reply to

    employee reviews glass door

    by cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:08 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 9:12 PM Flag

    Mar 16, 2014

    “Innovative Technology-Opportunity for growth ”

    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (less than an year)

    Pros
    - Helpful people
    - Next generation technology
    - Lots of opportunity for growth
    - Live and work in Vancouver
    Cons
    - Fast paced for a new technology
    - Time constraints makes people reactive more than proactive
    - Pay does not match cost of living in Vancouver
    Advice to Management
    - More training to new people in the company
    - Tuition reimbursement
    - Define a better path for career advancement

    Feb 25, 2014

    “Former employee ”

    Former Employee - Former Employee in Vancouver, WA
    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros
    Good health and dental benefits, flex work hours, good co workers,
    Cons
    Poor management, horrible and poor HR team with lack of knowledge and support, favouritism, money burning company and after they burn up everything they keep laying off the lower level employees.
    Advice to Management
    Get your act together

    Feb 24, 2014

    “Westport is a Rare Canadian Gem ”

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    I have been working at Westport Innovations

    Pros
    Other reviews surprise me because I'm just not seeing the same company they're referring to. How many similar sized Canadian based companies can boast local leadership like Westport? Head office is not in some faraway land, it's right here in Vancouver. I am happy to be able to say hello to the C.E.O. or any executive, in the lunchroom or the hallway. While Westport is quite sizable, it somehow still feels like family. It seems there is an H.R. policy to hire positive people, because most everybody has a great attitude. Westport emphasizes helping local charities such as United Way of the Lower Mainland, and employees are encouraged to volunteer in the community with an organization of their choice. As you can tell, I am very happy with this organization!
    Cons
    There are always challenges relating to overall improvements, challenges in meeting completion timelines, but these are good things. It's all about continuous improvement.
    Advice to Management
    Continue to be connected to all staff. Encourage even more knowledge sharing between employees and management. Ask for productive feedback and act upon the best suggestions. You're doing a fine job.

  • Reply to

    employee reviews glass door

    by cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:08 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 9:10 PM Flag

    May 1, 2014

    “terrible management ”

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros
    company benifits are very good.
    Cons
    terrible management and product development system.

    Apr 16, 2014

    “Fading fast ”

    Current Employee - Engineer
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros
    Nice people at the worker level
    Cons
    Poor management at mid and upper levels

    Mar 25, 2014

    “Exciting Times ”

    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros
    - Challenging business and product development opportunities
    - Natural gas and LNG are becoming key to fueling the economy
    - Global presence
    Cons
    - The transition from a technology develop to market driven a product development focus is very necessary but can be hectic and stresssful
    Advice to Management
    - People are your most valuable assest
    - Manage change, particularly the human side carefully

  • Reply to

    employee reviews glass door

    by cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:08 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:17 PM Flag

    Jul 5, 2014

    “Poorly managed ”

    Former Employee - Test Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros
    - cool technology with great potential
    - great benefits and employer RRSP
    - CEO seems to be able to secure enough investment to keep operations going
    Cons
    - Management is overrun by engineers - engineers are directing marketing and HR departments rather than professionals with appropriate experience and education
    - constant culture of fear and uncertainty amongst employees
    Advice to Management
    Get qualified people in leadership positions. Allowing engineers to take the helm of all departments and functions creates improper vision and work environment.

    May 23, 2014

    “Great experience however the company is at a cross roads ”

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros
    Great salary/benefits (health and dental, RRSP matching)
    Great co-workers (willing to help out if you ask)
    Good work life balance (flex hours, work from home, etc)
    Cons
    transition from a start up to a multinational public company has been bumpy
    Lack of communication from Executive team to rest of company - they use town halls to sugar coat what is happening. There were a bunch of layoffs in 2013 and I haven't heard any senior exec even acknowledge that they happened.
    Advice to Management
    Communicate more with employees beyond financial results, town halls happen every quarter but so much is happening in between
    May 12, 2014

    “Bad management lacking strategy, vision and discipline ”

    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros
    There is some flexibility in terms of work life balance. The coworkers are nice for the most part. The pay and perks are good, but not great.
    Cons
    The pompous management is Westport's demise. They are constantly reacting to various crisis instead of planning ahead. Every week they appoint someone new to a VP position with hopes of performing a miracle. They fall flat on their face and burn more investor money in the process. They have most of their eggs in the wrong baskets. Internal communication is nearly nonexistent and everybody is constantly caught by surprise.
    Advice to Management
    Get your act together. Focus on one thing. Stop wasting the investors' money and produce something that works. Appoint worthy people to leadership position.

  • cancerdotcom by cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 7:08 PM Flag

    Nov 6, 2014


    Dec 16, 2014

    “Still a start-up... ”

    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time

    Pros
    - Talented engineers
    - Exciting technology
    - Above-average paid time off
    - Convenient and attractive location
    - Good learning opportunities
    Cons
    - Constantly changing priorities
    - Short-sighted business decision-making
    - Poor leadership vision and strategy
    - Very high employee turnover
    - Below-average compensation
    - Very top heavy; many EVPs, VPs, Senior Directors, Directors... what do they all do?
    Advice to Management
    - Consider steering away from the planned corporate shift to an outdated "automotive culture" and take note of the successes of other technology start-ups
    - Consider bringing younger talent into the executive ranks and avoid nepotism
    - Work harder to retain key individuals and star performers

    Nov 6, 2014

    “Engineer ”

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    I worked at Westport Innovations

    Pros
    Great technolgy, smart engineers, salary is OK, Good benefits, great location
    Cons
    Company has one of the worst managers. Not receptive to new ideas, Very unstable.
    Advice to Management
    Have a training program for new hires, and assign them mentors. Listen to your employees

    Oct 8, 2014

    “Director ”

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time

    Pros
    Some of the best and smartest people that I've ever work with.
    Cons
    Lack of direction and consistency for employees and middle management
    Advice to Management
    Consistent , avoid constant changes

    Jul 5, 2014

    “Poorly managed ”

    Former Employee - Test Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros
    - cool technology with great potential
    - great benefits and employer RRSP
    - CEO seems to be able to secure enough investment to keep operations going
    Cons
    - Management is overrun by engineers - engineers are directing marketing

  • Reply to

    WPRT Future

    by rmeyers871 Dec 18, 2014 5:51 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 6:14 PM Flag

    WPRT Future
    by rmeyers871
    (a) Company Employees in their forum have complained about management

    wooooooooo back up there...........

    whats the deal with this ?

  • Reply to

    cheap oil good or bad for WPRT ?

    by chuysdotdrinker Dec 18, 2014 2:43 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 2:53 PM Flag

    One would have to be spectacularly blind to history to think cheap oil is here to stay.....

  • Reply to

    any insider buying , i didn't think so

    by archarch_60477 Dec 18, 2014 10:14 AM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 12:53 PM Flag

    nyc314 • 1 hour 20 minutes ago Flag
    Hey, no need to be defensive. Your fetishes are your business.

    You haven't lived until you read insider reports .....in drag

    I must say the yahoo computer is quite the prude.....this is dialed down version number 3...LOL

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 12:49 PM Flag

    jgs3rd • 49 seconds ago
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    This is exactly the problem, no guarantees that the breaks will be extended for 2015. Companies can't plan ahead "hoping" they get a $30 mil break. Politicians are responsible for holding up our country's march to energy independence and cleaner air.

    Totally agree....how about passing a bill ...in effect till ....repealed ??

  • U.S. Senate approves tax credits for trucking industry

    Posted: Dec 18, 2014 12:01 PM | Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 12:03 PM
    WASHINGTON, DC — A bill that provides millions of dollars in tax credits to the trucking industry has been approved by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Obama.

    Under the measure, carriers who bought new trucks or other equipment this year will be able to take the full depreciation write-off for the purchase year. Usually, the federal tax code requires that such investments be spread over three years.

    The bill would also restore the 50 cents-per-gallon tax credit until the end of 2015. The tax credit is for those who fill their trucks with natural gas, whether they are fuel suppliers or carriers with their own natural-gas fueling facilities.

    And builders of alternative fuel stations could get back the $30,000 tax credit.

    Biodiesel producers could get a $1-per-gallon tax credit to help them underwrite production costs, which are higher than those for diesel.

    These and other tax credits are only available, however, for this tax year. Congress passed only a one-year extender bill, meaning the tax breaks are good only until Dec. 31. Many of the tax credits were available in 2013 but expired in December of that year.

  • Reply to

    400 ice packs sold?

    by volaughlen Dec 18, 2014 9:45 AM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 11:09 AM Flag

    archarch_60477 • 4 minutes 45 seconds ago
    market doesn't care

    The market sure cared when they didn't get that order....why not the reverse ?

    Headings you lose.....tails.....you also lose ....?

  • BioCNG, LLC Announces Groundbreaking on BioCNG Vehicle Fuel System and Pipeline for Grand Junction, Colorado's Persigo WWTP
    MADISON, WI--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2014) - BioCNG, LLC announced that it participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the BioCNG™ biogas conditioning system and gas pipeline for the Persigo wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), in Grand Junction, Colorado. The BioCNG system will produce about 500 gallons of gasoline equivalent per day from the WWTP digester gas, which will be piped in a dedicated pipeline nearly 6 miles on a public roadway right-of-way to Grand Junction's existing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The project is jointly owned by the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County, CO and is scheduled to be completed by April 2015.
    The ceremony for the $2.8 million project was attended by Grand Junction Mayor Phyllis Norris and Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, along with Leslie Hentze, representing the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, which contributed more than $500,000 for the project. Also on hand was Mike Melan, project manager for BioCNG, LLC, which provides the biogas conditioning equipment, engineered and permitted the system, and will be providing construction management, commissioning, and system start up.
    According to Mayor Norris, "The Persigo BioCNG Project can serve as a model for other communities as part of a strategy to address air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, and energy security and independence."
    The BioCNG will be used to fuel a fleet of 30 vehicles, including City refuse trucks, dump trucks, pick-ups and sedans. The project, the first its kind in Colorado, continues the City's movement toward a CNG-fueled fleet. The savings in CNG fuel versus diesel fuel are expected to pay off immediately and the cost of the entire project should be paid off in a decade.
    According to the City of Grand Junction, the project also eliminates burning off methane biogas that is the equivale

  • Reply to

    400 ice packs sold?

    by volaughlen Dec 18, 2014 9:45 AM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Dec 18, 2014 10:58 AM Flag

    okulawd • 10 minutes ago
    1users liked this postsusers disliked this posts1Reply
    Daffy, kindly explain your thumbs down! Thanks.

    You expect an immature juvenile to explain why he is being an Immature juvenile ?

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