Johnson Controls will invest more than $150 million to construct the Florence plant, which is claimed to be the first lead-acid battery recycling facility to be issued an air permit in the U.S. within the last two decades. The center will adhere to the EPA's stringent air quality standards, which call for a lead concentration of less than 0.15 per cubic meter of air.
Johnson Controls is one of the world's leading suppliers of lead-acid batteries for automotive applications. Therefore, it makes sense, both economically and environmentally, for the company to construct a recycling center that can handle the potentially dangerous materials that it can then turn around and use in the battery production process.
[Source: Johnson Controls]
Johnson Controls Breaks Ground on Fully-Integrated Battery Recycling Facility
Facility on track to open in 2012
FLORENCE, S.C., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) today broke ground on a fully-integrated battery recycling facility in Florence, S.C. The Florence Recycling Center, slated for completion during 2012 and to be operated by Johnson Controls' Power Solutions business, represents a capital investment of more than $150 million and will create an estimated 250 new jobs and approximately 1,000 indirect jobs in the area. The facility is the first facility of its kind to receive an air permit in the United States in nearly 20 years.
The groundbreaking was led by Alex A. Molinaroli, president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, with more than 150 area leaders and community members in attendance. South Carolina State Sens. Hugh Leatherman and Yancey McGill were in attendance, as well as Florence Mayor Steve Wukela.
"I'd like to thank the leaders from the Florence area and throughout South Carolina for their support and collaboration through this process, including the Florence County Economic Development Association, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Senators Hugh Leatherman and Yancey McGill, and many others," said Molinaroli. "They have been instrumental in helping us to achieve today's milestone to be able to break ground on this important facility."
"The collaboration between the Florence community, organizations and business has been vital to the success of this facility," said Allen Martin, vice president and general manager for Johnson Controls Power Solutions Americas. "Today is particularly rewarding for everyone who has been involved in the process."
A number of area leaders spoke during the event, highlighting Johnson Controls' leadership and the importance of the Florence Recycling Facility to the local community and the state of South Carolina.
"Johnson Controls continues to be a state leader in job growth and a committed community partner concerned about the environment," said Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Flo-S.C. "I'm proud to have been closely involved in making the Florence Recycling Center a reality and look forward to the future of the facility and our community."
"Today's event is a culmination of Johnson Controls' commitment to the Florence community and support of economic growth for the region," said Senator J. Yancey McGill, D-Flo-S.C.
"Johnson Controls continues to be a great corporate citizen, particularly through the extensive public process it took in getting this facility off the ground," said Mayor Wukela, mayor of Florence.
"The collaborative approach Johnson Controls took in working with us really illustrated its commitment to the region and the environment," added Nancy Cave, North Coast office director for the Coastal Conservation League (CCL).
As part of the groundbreaking, Johnson Controls introduced the facility's plant manager, Steven Ewart, who has been with the company since 1999. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, he served for 12 years as an officer for the U.S. Army Armor Corps. Ewart and his family are relocating to Florence from Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was plant manager at a battery distribution center.
The facility will be located directly off of US-76, on Paper Mill Road. Johnson Controls plans to develop 36 acres of the site for its new facility and parking, with the remaining acreage undeveloped. Portions of this undeveloped acreage will be permanently protected through a conservation easement.
To learn more about the Florence County Recycling Center, visit www.florencerecyclingcenter.com.
About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 137,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
About Johnson Controls Power Solutions:
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid starter batteries, advanced lead-acid batteries for Start-Stop vehicles and Lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. Our 35 manufacturing facilities supply more than one third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major auto makers and aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. Our joint venture, Johnson Controls-Saft, is the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles. Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.