Auguste Cryogenics SK s.r.o. has acquired Taylor-Wharton International’s European Operations, including a cryogenic pressure vessel manufacturing facility, Taylor-Wharton Slovakia s.r.o., and the related warehouse and office complex of Taylor-Wharton Germany GmbH. Auguste says all employees have been retained and that the facilities will continue to operate under the Taylor-Wharton brand while undergoing a name change to Auguste Cryogenics.
A newly restructured management team will be led by Bobby Cushman as president, an industry veteran who has been working at Taylor-Wharton since 2012, and Alex Soltis, who has been a committed leader in Taylor-Wharton’s operations for over 15 years, as general manager.
Taylor-Wharton originally opened its European operations in 1965. The mission of the newly restructured company, according to Auguste, will be based on reinvesting in nimble processes and smart innovation so that Auguste’s customers can better serve their respective customers. “Taylor-Wharton’s global identity had been deeply rooted in the strength of the European manufacturing team,” says Cushman. “While we intend to transition the name to Auguste Cryogenics, we are not going to rewrite the history of this great company.”
From the manufacturing hub of Taylor-Wharton Slovakia s.r.o., the reforged company will continue to produce bulk and microbulk cryogenic storage vessels and modular piping skids serving the industrial gas and energy markets. “Slovakia has become recognized worldwide for the exceptional quality of its products while maintaining competitive manufacturing rates,” says Soltis. The 12,000m3 facility is ISO 9001 Certified and can design and build to the majority of the pressure vessel codes used in the global marketplace.
“We intend to be in a position to grow with our customers and to serve their needs in an evolving market,” says Cushman. The company’s packaged gas distribution center is located in Husum, Germany, near a large international port, and serves as the Western European sales office and the company’s product development workplace. The merged company will continue to produce portable and stationary packaged gas products up to 3000L and large bulk vacuum insulation pressure vessels up to 350m3.
Auguste also acquired access to intellectual property from Taylor-Wharton to operate current production lines and to design and build certain technologies and equipment involved in the growing liquid natural gas supply chain. “Our company and employees have far reaching LNG experience in stationary power, vehicle fueling, mine haul equipment and marine propulsion. This agreement allows us to invest and expand our product offerings,” says Soltis.