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Wisconsin’s Remy Battery Is Awarded $43MM Government Contract

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, May 23, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Remy Battery Company, established in Milwaukee in 1931, was recently awarded a major contract with the US government.

Taking more than a year to secure, the Department of Defense (DoD) - Defense Logistics Agency offered Remy Company an “Indefinite Quantity Contract.” This means the DoD has agreed to purchase a maximum of 83,000 batteries a year for a base period of three years, plus 2 one-year option years.

Why Remy Battery?

One of the many reasons why Remy Battery was chosen for this government contract is due to their innovative packaging solution. Remy's FreshStart is a patented, dry-charged battery packaging and activation solution that eliminates the storage of excess chemicals, reduces hazmat shipping costs, and allows simple and mess-free battery activation by a single individual. Along with the dry-charged battery, FreshStart contains individually packaged portions of the electrolyte required for each battery cell.

"FreshStart is the all-in-one solution for those looking for the advantages of a dry-charged, lead-acid battery without the extra work to source battery electrolyte and dispose of any excess," Remy Battery President Michael Moeller said. "Our product solves a very real problem for the US military in a simple, hassle-free way. It is our hope that this government contract will help springboard the FreshStart packaging solution into the private sector for commercial and consumer applications.”

More About FreshStart

FreshStart efficient packaging frees up storage space with its reduced footprint, allowing more units on a pallet, and reducing shipping costs. The packaging can also be used to return-ship scrap batteries and empty electrolyte bottles for proper recycling. Everything the consumer needs to activate the battery is included in one package; minimize spills due to individual electrolyte bottles and snug funnel fit. Adding the electrolyte only when needed lengthens the shelf life and increases the performance of the battery.

BCI Innovation Award

In 2017, Remy Battery was also a finalist for the Battery Council International (BCI) “Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award” for FreshStart. The BCI honors industry thought leader Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz by presenting one company with the Innovation Award every year. This award celebrates innovation in services, equipment, products, and processes that advance the lead battery industry in which Remy Battery was a finalist and received an honorable mention.

BCI recognition, along with the guidance and assistance of Steve Makovec from the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (Wispro), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Remy Battery came to the attention of the Department of Defense. The management at Remy recognizes Mr. Makovec for being instrumental in Remy Battery being awarded the contract.

New Department of Transportation Rules

In addition, soon after Remy Battery’s recognition on the Innovation Award, a Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) rule was passed eliminating the permit requirements for shipping batteries packed with electrolyte. Companies will no longer need to regularly re-apply for a special permit to ship dry batteries packaged with electrolyte. The DOT permanently authorized the transportation of lead-acid batteries and packages of battery acid in the same shipment and eliminated regulations governing limited quantities. This ruling had given the FreshStart packaging and Remy Battery an added boost to honor the DoD’s contract more quickly and easily.

Today, Remy Battery has four locations: two in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and two in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They continue to hire the most consistently knowledgeable, experienced, and service-oriented team of employees in the industry.

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