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Doe Run Trains Next Generation of Mine Professionals

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 24, 2015


Interns Develop Skills in Environmental, Geological and Engineering Roles

ST. LOUIS (August 18, 2015) – The global demand for lead is expected to increase by 3 to 3.5 percent annually between 2015 and 2025, and Missouri will need new workers to support this growing industry. As part of its effort to train future generations of mine professionals, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) provides students with professional work experience through its summer internship program.

“Our internship program helps students as they develop their skills and prepare for their careers,” said Lisa Henn, senior talent management analyst at Doe Run. “While interning at Doe Run, students and recent graduates work on projects that are related to their majors and areas of interest, giving them hands-on experience in the field.”

This summer, Doe Run welcomed the following individuals to its 2015 internship program:

-Muhammad Usman Khan, from Lahore, Pakistan, is a third-year doctoral candidate in the mining engineering program at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Khan spent the summer at Doe Run’s Fletcher Mine, where he analyzed various methods and technologies for recording underground air emissions, providing insights into how best to capture data and respond to changing conditions.

-Peter DeVries, from Chanhassen, Minnesota, returned to Doe Run for a second internship. He joined the company’s Exploration and Development department to conduct work related to his master’s thesis, as well as to analyze geological deposits and provide insights into which sites could be successfully mined. DeVries is currently completing a master’s degree in mineral exploration at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

-Taylor Fels, a native to Rolla, Missouri, assisted the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team by improving stormwater systems at Doe Run’s #29 Mine and working alongside Doe Run remediation crews to channel water from a nearby stream away from a sinkhole. Fels is a senior at Missouri S&T, pursuing his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. This was his third summer as a Doe Run intern.

-Austin Neaville, from Cary, North Carolina, supported the EHS team with risk management planning related to chemical storage to help Doe Run continue to operate safely. Neaville is a sophomore studying environmental geology at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.

-Kyle Dale Rousan, a St. Louis native and recent graduate of Missouri S&T, assisted the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) as a mining engineering intern, analyzing the productivity of two different drill types and the different underground environments in which they are most effective. This was Rousan’s second year interning with Doe Run.

“I used to visit my grandpa, Harold Ray, when he worked as a metallurgist at Doe Run, and his excitement about the field encouraged me to pursue a degree in mine engineering,” said Rousan. “Interning at Doe Run has reinforced my career decision. The passion and camaraderie of the men and women working underground is unlike anything I have seen in my previous positions, and I am proud to have the opportunity to carry on my grandpa’s legacy.”

“Our internship program is part of Doe Run’s efforts to provide job training opportunities in Missouri,” said Mark Coomes, vice president – human resources and community relations at Doe Run. “We offer guidance, development opportunities and pertinent, practical experience to our interns. In turn, we have an opportunity to gain perspective from bright young minds poised to enter the mining industry.”

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration estimates the mining industry will need 78,000 new workers by 2019 to replace retiring workers and support industry growth. In Missouri alone, mining operations indirectly support more than 33,380 jobs in a highly skilled, high-paying profession, according to the National Mining Association’s 2014 study.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit and

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Announcing Global Sales Team Member

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, August 19, 2015






Bitrode Expands International Global Sales Team




St. Louis, MO. USA -Juan Carlos (JC) Carvallo recently joined Bitrode's Global Sales & Marketing Team in St. Louis to support regional sales throughout the western United States as well as Central and South America. A native of Venezuela, JC is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese, French, and Italian. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and is pursuing his MBA at Webster University in St. Louis.


Previous to Bitrode, JC served as a Sales Engineer and Regional Sales Manager for Weir Minerals-Lewis Pumps, where he was instrumental in managing all aspects of the sales process. Other recent experiences include system integration work on large industrial projects, business development activities for a power transformer and switchgear provider, and sales, marketing and product management support at a local electronics manufacturer.


"JC's multilingual abilities and technical background make him a perfect fit for our team," said John Grimm, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bitrode. "We recognize the impact of the rapidly expanding energy storage market around the world, and we are committed to providing the best sales and support in the industry."



About Bitrode


Bitrode Corporation, a member of the Sovema family of companies, is a global supplier of battery production charging and test systems and laboratory testing systems for power storage applications including: hybrid and electric vehicle, automotive, industrial and consumer batteries. Bitrode manufactures in the USA, with sales and service locations worldwide. Sovema Power Electronics, comprised of Bitrode, Sovel and Solith, is a leading provider of turnkey solutions for the global battery industry not only in lead acid, but lithium and all other advanced chemistry formation and testing applications. Visit www.bitrode.comfor more information.





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Pb-A Battery Tops Recycling Lists

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It will come as no surprise to the industry that lead-acid has topped the most recycled list again in 2013, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest report.

It topped the chart once again as the weight of lead being recovered stayed constant the percentage of the amount being recycled rose my 3%.

The EPA stated that the rate of lead-acid battery recovery was about 99% (2.85 million tons) in its June 2015 report.  

In 2012 the recycling rate of lead-acid batteries was almost 96%, amounting to around 2.8 million tons.

However, as the recycling rates increase the dangers have also increased. Earlier this year BCI called for more stringent measures for identifying lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries to prevent cross contamination, which has led to explosions in recycling plants.

Read more. 

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Black Diamond Structures board directors, Kurt Swogger, P.E. and Dr. Clive Bosnyak, receive prestigious “Inventor of the Year” award from Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Press Release

Austin, Texas
 June 24, 2015



Black Diamond Structures board directors, Kurt Swogger, P.E. and Dr. Clive Bosnyak, receive prestigious “Inventor of the Year” award from Houston Intellectual Property Law Association


Black Diamond Structures, a developer and manufacturer of innovative nanomaterial products and solutions, announced today that two members of their board of directors, Kurt Swogger and Dr. Clive Bosnyak, are recipients of the prestigious “Inventor of the Year” award given by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association for the development of their proprietary technology, MOLECULAR REBAR®.  Swogger and Bosnyak are co-founders of Molecular Rebar Design, LLC, a leading nanomaterial innovator, and hold five key patents for MOLECULAR REBAR®.

Black Diamond Structures is a joint venture between Molecular Rebar Design and SABIC, the world’s second largest diversified chemical company.   It develops, manufactures and commercializes products based on the MOLECULAR REBAR®  technology.

MOLECULAR REBAR® are discrete, open ended, and highly functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that are free from catalysts and waste matter.  The technology is a scientific breakthrough providing opportunities for development and commercialization of innovative new materials for a wide variety of products and market segments.  The addition of MOLECULAR REBAR® to materials significantly enhances mechanical, physical, transport and electromagnetic properties.

Black Diamond Structures is currently working with manufacturers of lead acid batteries across the globe to enhance performance utilizing this technology.

MOLECULAR REBAR® can be implemented into existing battery processes efficiently and provide substantial benefits in most applications:

·         Increasing charge acceptance by >25%

·         Increasing cycle life by >50%

·         Improved formation efficiency.


Commenting on the award, Swogger stated, “Clive and I are very pleased and honored that the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association has recognized our work related to creating more value for carbon nanotubes. MOLECULAR REBAR® has some remarkable properties and the prediction for use in nanomaterials is very gratifying.  We are very fortunate and delighted to be working with this technology in so many markets and applications where we can make such a difference to so many customers and products.”

Bosnyak further remarked, “In addition to the innovative breakthroughs made on the science and to meet rapidly growing global customer demands there has also been remarkable progress on the ability to scale up and manufacture MOLECULAR REBAR® here in Texas. This has created valuable employment and growth opportunities that further strengthens the position of Texas as a leader of nanomaterials technology.”

Swogger and Bosnyak, both formerly with The Dow Chemical Company, have extensive experience in developing and commercializing breakthrough products. Swogger, as Vice-President of Dow’s R&D, is well known for his work in Polyolefins and INSITE Technology™.  Bosnyak, as Senior Scientist at Dow, has been the recipient of a number of awards and international recognition for his work, including the R&D 100 Award.

Andrew Kodis, CEO of Black Diamond Structures, lauded the two innovators saying, “I am truly honored to be associated with the scientific advancements achieved by Kurt, Clive and their team. Since 1983, HIPLA has honored inventors and their discoveries from every industry and profession – it is a remarkable list of scientific effort and creativity.  To be included among those previously honored is a remarkable achievement.”

For further information

Dru Kefalos, Chief Marketing Officer

Black Diamond Structures


Notes to Editors


Black Diamond Structures, LLC is a developer and manufacturer of innovative nanomaterial products and solutions.  Created in 2015 as joint venture between Molecular Rebar Design, a leading nanomaterial innovator, and SABIC, the world’s second largest diversified chemical company, Black Diamond Structures is taking nanomaterial technology to a new level. 

Our products are based on Molecular Rebar Design’s revolutionary carbon nanotube (CNT) technology, MOLECULAR REBAR®.   MOLECULAR REBAR® are discrete, open ended, and highly functionalized CNTs that are free from catalysts and waste matter.  The technology significantly advances the science for nanomaterials and provides opportunities for development and commercialization of innovative new materials to be used in a wide variety of products and market segments.

Together, with SABIC’s commercial and manufacturing capabilities and Molecular Rebar Design’s advanced nanotechnology, Black Diamond Structures, LLC is unleashing the power of nanomaterials to improve the world we live in.

About our Partners:

Molecular Rebar Design, LLC (MRD)

Molecular Rebar Design, LLC, based in Austin, Texas, was established to develop and commercialize a breakthrough form of modified carbon nanotubes (CNT’s), called MOLECULAR REBAR®. These are the world’s first CNT’s that are disentangled from the usual clumping and individualized through a patent-protected process which enables significantly enhanced performance for a myriad of high-value materials.


SABIC ranks as the world’s second largest diversified chemical company. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.


SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 19 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India, China and South Korea. The company operates in more than 45 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.


SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.


MOLECULAR REBAR® is a registered trademark of Molecular Rebar Design, LLC

INSITE Technology is a registered trademark of The Dow Chemical Company

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Latest government statistics confirm that lead batteries are the most recycled product in USA

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 6, 2015

Latest government statistics confirm that lead batteries are the most recycled product in USA

Lead batteries, used in vehicles and as energy storage for emergency power and renewable energy, have been confirmed as the most recycled product in the U.S., according to figures produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In the latest EPA report entitled Advancing Sustainable materials Management: 2013 Fact Sheet assessing U.S. trends in recycling and disposal, the US federal government health and environment regulator compared recycling rates for a range of products and materials. It found that the 99% recycle rate of lead batteries is the highest recycling rate of all consumer products.  

Among the recycling rates listed were:

  • Lead batteries (99%)
  • Corrugated boxes (88.5%)
  • Steel cans (71%)
  • Newspapers/mechanical, papers (67%)
  • Aluminium cans (55%)
  • Tyres (40.5%)
  • Glass containers (34%).

International Lead Association Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush, said: “Lead batteries offer a truly sustainable energy storage solution and recycling is the driver for this. Many people will be surprised to see that lead batteries are leading the way in consumer product recycling with much higher recycling rates than materials such as newspapers, cans and glass.” 

The lead battery is an excellent example of a recyclable product.  As well as recovering and reusing lead and all other metals, in the recycling process, the polypropylene plastic battery casing is also reprocessed and re-used for batteries or for other products in the automobile industry, for example in bumpers and wheel arches. The sulphuric acid in lead batteries is separated and can be reused or converted to calcium sulphate (gypsum) or sodium sulphate (soda) for a variety of applications.

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ISO Certifications Support Doe Run's Commitment to Sustainable Operations

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 8, 2015

Second Doe Run Mine and Mill Achieves Internationally Recognized Standard

ST. LOUIS (June 7, 2015) – Fletcher Mine and Mill has become the second mine and mill operation of The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) to earn certification for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard. The certification recognizes Fletcher Mine and Mill for implementing an environmental management system that meets ISO 14001 requirements, including demonstrating continual improvement in managing its environmental programs.


Sweetwater was the first mine and mill to achieve ISO 14001 certification in 2014, and Doe Run’s Resource Recycling facility in Boss, Missouri, also holds the certification.


Click here to read more about this achievement. 

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Congratulations to Crown Battery!

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 1, 2015

Congratulations to Crown Battery for receiving the AEP Ohio Sustained Excellence Award on April 28, 2015. 

Crown Battery Manufacturing Company in Freemont, Ohio, has been an active participant in many of the AEP Ohio energy efficiency programs since 2011. By setting the bar high for sustained excellence, the company has implemented a strong corporate culture of energy management and has built a strong partnership with AEP Ohio. 

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Important Reminders for 127th Convention + Power Mart Expo Attendees

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Important Reminders for 127th Convention + Power Mart Expo Attendees

BCI looks forward to welcoming you to Savannah. To help maximize your conference experience, please thoroughly review the information below. 

Please note that all sessions, coffee breaks and lunches take place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center unless otherwise noted. 

Getting to the Hotel and Convention Center


Travel distance from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) to the convention host hotel is approximately 20 minutes, about a $25.00 cab ride. If you wish to take alternative transportation, please view the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf & Resort transportation options

Convention Center

The free Belles Ferry system includes multiple modern, passenger only ferryboats.The ferries take passengers from the Convention Center landing to River Street and back, seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. 

Badge Pick-Up at Registration

Attendees must wear a badge to gain access to all BCI sessions and events. Registration is located in the Chatham Ballroom Foyer of the Convention Center, and hours throughout the conference are as follows:

  • Saturday, May 2: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 4: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 5: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

BCI Mobile App

Download the BCI mobile app to maximize your conference experience! To get started: 


1. Visit your app store, and search "Battery Council" to download the free application. Or, access the mobile website from your BlackBerry or Windows phone.


2. Tap "BCI Events" to enter the 127th Convention + Power Mart Expo app.


3. Login using the following credentials:

Username: Your Email Address

Password: bci127

4. Tap "Networking" to review your profile. This step is required to participate in networking within the app. Tap "Save" in the upper-right corner. 

5. Start browsing the schedule, attendee list, speakers, and exhibitors. Speaker presentations will also be posted as they become available. 

Questions? Contact Claire Sereiko at



Golf Tournament

If you registered for the BCI Golf Tournament, it will take place at The Club at Savannah Harbor on Sunday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. Vans will be available for guests from the Westin to the Club. Please join us after the Gold Tournament for the Awards Reception. Pre-registration is required. 


Welcome Reception

Hosted by BCI Supplier Members

Celebrate the beginning of the convention with whiskey samplings, a cigar bar and live music on Sunday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m. The Reception will take place at the Esplanade of the Convention Center and is open to BCI manufacturing, marketing, and associate members and their registered guests as well as non-member and sponsoring suppliers who have contributed collectively to make this event possible.  



Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 breakfast will be served in the Harbor Ballroom on the second floor of the Westin. There will be a full buffet at a cost of $28.40 inclusive of sales tax. This cost is only able to be charged to your room. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The main restaurant will also be open during this time. 

Connections Center  

Visit the Connections Center, a dedicated area furnished with tables and chairs, so you can conduct meetings and network with fellow attendees at your leisure. Conveniently located throughout the Convention Center, the Connections Center helps you build better business in a comfortable environment. 


Closing Reception

Enjoy a traditional low country boil and cocktails while networking with colleagues on the Harbor Lawn of the Westin during this final networking event of the Convention on Tuesday, May 5 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



The dress code for the conference is business casual or smart casual during all receptions and sessions; jackets and ties are not required. Conference rooms can be chilly, so remember to bring a sweater or jacket to the Convention Center. 



May weather in Savannah tends to hover between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Ladies, be sure to bring flat shoes, as Savannah has several cobblestone streets and walkways.

Safe travels. We'll see you in Savannah!


Please feel free to contact us at

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Download the 127th Convention + Power Mart Expo Mobile App

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 3, 2015

Download the BCI mobile app and maximize your time at the 127th Convention + Power Mart Expo. Search "Battery Council" in the app store! 

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Visit The Energy Beacon Archive

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Energy Beacon is the premier connection to BCI and new happenings within the lead-acid battery industry. The Spring 2015 issue will be released following the 127th Convention + Power Mart Expo. Visit the archive here

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