HATBORO, Pa., Feb. 13, 2023 — Fluitron, a leading manufacturer of integrated hydrogen gas compression, storage, and dispensing systems, today announced the 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.”

Today’s 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.”


About Fluitron


Fluitron is a global leader in precision technology for clean energy. With over 45 years of experience, Fluitron has grown to become a trusted partner for industrial gas compression technologies. Setting the bar in creating equipment that safely handles hydrogen and other specialized gases, Fluitron has the expertise to deliver the technology critical to your mission. For more information, www.fluitron.com. 


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