Joplin, Mo. -- Today federal, state and local officials joined EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, and their honored guests to officially break ground on the company's new Lithium Ion Center of Excellence.
The 100,000-plus square-foot facility will be built adjacent to our current Lithium Ion facility at the Crossroads Industrial Park in Joplin, Missouri and will expand the EaglePicher cell and battery portfolio. This new state-of-the-art facility will provide large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries for mission critical applications. The new facility will support our growing applications for the aerospace, defense, and medical industries.
"This new facility furthers our role as a key supplier in the Lithium Ion market, allowing us to provide the critical battery power needed for applications where failure is not an option," said Randy Moore, President of EaglePicher Technologies. "We are looking forward to scaling up our capabilities for high-output manufacturing."
As a leading specialty battery manufacturer with a renowned legacy of supplying batteries for mission critical applications, EaglePicher is poised to significantly increase its manufacturing of Lithium Ion materials and products. The Lithium Ion Center of Excellence will provide a reliable, high-volume supply of critical items identified as essential for national defense, alleviating concerns regarding market volatility and uncertainty within the current international market. EaglePicher anticipates this new facility will be completed near the end of 2015 and will create 171 jobs for the area over the next several years.
"EaglePicher is excited by this expansion because it brings innovative solutions to the market and growth opportunities to the company and the community," said Ron Nowlin, VP & General Manager of Aerospace Systems. "This facility will significantly increase our product portfolio and volume production capability for Lithium Ion batteries."
About EaglePicher Technologies, LLC
EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an OM Group company, has been a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for more than one hundred years, currently serving the defense, aerospace, medical, commercial, grid energy storage, and oil and gas industries. The company provides unmatched experience and capability in battery electrochemistry. EaglePicher also provides custom battery assemblies, battery management systems, pyrotechnic devices and custom power solutions. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, Mo., and is ISO9001:2008 and AS9100C certified. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com