Chart Industries expands in Mobile County

Plant will make super-size cryogenic tanks

Ready to build enormous propellant and gas storage tanks at Chart Industries’ Teddy 2 in Theodore, Mobile County.  Photo by Mike Kittrell.

Chart Industries today opened its second cryogenic tank manufacturing facility in Mobile County, christening it “Teddy 2” because of its location in the Theodore community.

Atlanta-based Chart makes tanks for energy and industrial gas markets.

The new facility has the capacity to make tanks with a 1,700-cubic-meter cryogenic storage capacity. “The tanks manufactured at this site will be used for propellant storage for the aerospace industry, hydrogen and LNG storage for marine and power, gas by rail, and for many other applications in the sciences and decarbonization industries,” the company said in announcing its new facility.

Chart’s location offers easy access to rail and water transportation, which the company says will translate to lower freight costs.

“We’re thrilled to officially expand our presence in Theodore, Alabama, with our ability to offer the world’s only shop-built cryogenic tanks of this scale, up to and including 1,700 cubic meters,” said Jill Evanko, CEO and president of Chart Industries. “This expansion further supports our customers through increased capacity and scale, as well as lower freight costs and shorter lead times. We look forward to continuing to hire from the strong, skilled workforce in Alabama.”

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At the ceremony, Gov. Kay Ivey praised the facility and the nearly 100 jobs it is expected to provide.

“We are thrilled for Chart Industries’ expansion in Theodore,” said Mobile Chamber President and CEO Bradley Byrne. “With the capacity to fabricate the world’s largest shop-built cryogenic tanks, Chart’s Teddy 2 facility brings significant job creation and economic development for Mobile County.”

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