Fluitron Names Chuck Smith as Plant Manager

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HATBORO, PAFluitron announced the recent appointment of Charles (Chuck) Smith, as Plant Manager of its Hatboro, PA facility. Fluitron is a portfolio company of Ara Partners, a decarbonization-focused private equity firm.

Smith brings more than 30 years of plant operations and engineering experience to Fluitron, having previously held senior plant and product management roles at SP Industries, FAIST Light Metals, Mueller Water Products, Kaiser Aluminum and Emerson Process Management. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and holds both a B.S. in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and an M.B.A. from Western Governor’s University.

“I’m extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead for Fluitron as it takes a leadership position in global decarbonization and continues working to strengthen the Hydrogen supply chain,” said Smith. “Fluitron has a rich history and an enthusiastic workforce that is well-poised to accelerate productivity in this highly-dynamic stage of development of the global hydrogen industry.”

The announcement builds on the announcements of a number of recent innovations at Fluitron, including the introduction of a commercialized one (1) ton-per-day hydrogen gas processing system at 520 bar and the manufacturing, testing, installation and PESO (Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization) approval for the first domestically-built hydrogen dispenser in India.

“We are delighted to have someone of Chuck’s caliber join the team at Fluitron,” said Fluitron President and CEO Linh Austin. “He is a recognized leader in the manufacturing space and will take our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to new heights.”

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