IMPCO Technologies, Inc. (IMPCO), a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (Fuel Systems), is planning to invest for expansion of the engine building capabilities at Sterling Heights, Michigan facility. The proposed investment will support the launch of Fuel Systems' new direct injection industrial fuel system that will be fitted on engines certified to comply with new 2010 emissions standards.

Our original equipment manufacturer customers are demanding complete solutions more than ever, stated Richard Nielsen, IMPCO’s general manager. By expanding our engine building capabilities, we can respond to our customers’ unique needs with the same quality and functionality we have delivered for over 50 years.

The investment program incorporates mechanized production lines for engine builds in the industrial mobile, stationary and power generation applications and follows the implementation of a pilot program at IMPCO’s Santa Ana manufacturing plant. The Sterling Heights facility will continue to serve as IMPCO’s central location for the research and development activities for industrial market. In 2008, the company supplied more than 100,000 fuel systems for various industrial applications. Its core markets incorporate industrial mobile equipment like forklifts, stationary engines and power generation, all of which are subject to the rigorous emissions regulation.

Our industry and demand for our products is driven by many factors including investment and broader economic cycles, stated Nielsen. Emissions regulation and an increasing commitment to a healthier work environment are also key drivers of our industry, we believe even more so than energy prices, including crude oil, which are outside of our control and impossible to predict. We will continue to invest in our core business, even during periods of economic slowdown, and take the steps necessary to help our customers be more efficient. Our enhanced engine building capabilities allow us to do just that.