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Housing Piracy: BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, December 4, 2015

BCI received reports that hotel brokers have contacted BCI members to solicit the purchase of hotel rooms. These brokers are misrepresenting BCI as well as the status of room rates and availability at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel for the 2016 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. These brokers are not affiliated or endorsed by BCI. Brokers soliciting your business have been known to accept payment without confirming room reservations. If this occurs, the hotel has no obligation to provide you with the accommodations you were expecting.

Do not fall victim to this practice. There is only one, official, exclusive housing block for this event. If making a reservation by phone, please call +1.877.622.3056 and mention you are with BCI or Battery Council International.  

If you have questions or concerns, please contact BCI Headquarters at +1.312.644.6610 or

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Accepting Entries for the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, December 4, 2015

BCI is excited to invite you and your company to share your innovation with the lead battery industry. We are now accepting submissions for the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award, which celebrates innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry.

Each entry will be judged on its sustainability, safety, cost and performance. The winner will be announced at the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo on May 1-3, 2016. View the judging criteria, and showcase your innovation today.

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Doe Run Co-Sponsors 11th Annual Fall Rocks Celebration of Missouri Mining Heritage

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, October 8, 2015

PARK HILLS, Mo. (October 8, 2015) – Join The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, Oct. 24, for a fun and educational evening at the annual Fall Rocks celebration. This free event offers more than a dozen kid-friendly programs to teach future generations about the natural resources that have shaped Missouri’s landscape and economy. Fall Rocks will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site.

“This event features many interactive activities, including hard hat decorating, cookie mining, toothpaste making, minerals trivia and more,” said Rhonda Reed, administrative assistant for the Metals Division at Doe Run. “Last year, more than 50 Doe Run employees and their families led activities to show children how we use minerals and natural resources in our everyday lives.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore exhibits at the Powerhouse Museum, which showcases restored mining equipment, samples of Missouri’s geology and mineral resources, and view a short film illustrating the historical lead mining and milling process. Guests can enjoy free hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate and soft drinks, and enter to win a raffle for two adult and two youth bikes.

Doe Run’s lead mining operations in southeast Missouri represent the second-largest lead mining district in the world. Lead mining has occurred in the region for more than 300 years, driving the growth of nearby towns.
“Today, mining continues to be a vital Missouri industry, directly and indirectly supporting more than 33,380 jobs throughout the state,” said Steve Batts, vice president – Southeast Missouri Operations. “The annual Fall Rocks event introduces children to mining at a young age, with the hope that it may spark an interest in science or natural resources.”

Fall Rocks is held annually at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site within St. Joe Park, a once-active mining site operated by Doe Run’s predecessor, St. Joseph Lead Company. Located in an area known as the Old Lead Belt, it is a major part of the southeast Missouri lead district, the premier lead mining district of the world. The land was donated to the state of Missouri in 1976, and now is one of the most popular parks in the state for swimming, biking, camping and riding ATVs.

The Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located in Park Hills, Missouri, on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass. For more information, contact Art Hebrank at the Powerhouse Museum at (573) 431-6226 or Rhonda Reed at (573) 626-3315.

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Doe Run's Sustainability Report Highlights 150 Years of Contributing to Missouri's Economy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, October 1, 2015


ST. LOUIS (Sept. 30, 2015) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) released its 2014 Sustainability Report, detailing its continued dedication to balancing its environmental, social and economic responsibilities. The report, available at, celebrates Doe Run’s 150 years of mining in Missouri, and the steps the company is taking to sustain this vital industry.

Throughout this time, the company has produced almost 17 million tons of primary lead metal and continuously worked to meet the industry’s lead demand with its southeast Missouri mining and recycling operations.

“Few companies today have thrived as long as we have,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “We’ve done so by continuing to find ways to serve as a closer partner to our employees, our customers and our communities. Our annual economic impact of $1 billion reaches across 52 counties in Missouri, and over the years, Doe Run has helped grow the economy in many of these areas. Sharing our annual accomplishments is one way we support the sustainability of Missouri mining and metal production well into the future.”

Doe Run’s annual sustainability report includes information that community members identify as being of greatest interest. In 2014, Doe Run conducted its most recent community survey to learn what mattered most to those living near Doe Run operations. Respondents identified jobs and the local economy, safety and environmental responsibility as areas of interest. Highlights from the online report include:
-Doe Run employed more than 1,400 people in 2014.
-Employees completed nearly 19,000 health and safety training hours.
-Total environmental spending for the year totaled $71.9 million.
-Within the report, Doe Run highlights other changes and improvements to its business in 2014, including:
-Combining alloying, refining, casting and strip production, which takes place at Herculaneum, with secondary smelting and recycling operations at the Resource Recycling facility. This new Metals Division meets the lead metal production, refining and alloying needs of customers.
-Investing roughly $7 million on water treatment research and water treatment plant construction at its mines and mills.
-Continuing ongoing remediation activities, including the construction of a new fleet area at the Riverview Commerce Park river port, at the site of the Herculaneum smelter.
-Supporting Missouri businesses by spending $229 million with 980 vendors from 52 Missouri counties as part of the company’s supplier partnership program.

“Our annual sustainability report is an opportunity for us to share updates with the people who matter to our business – our communities, our employees, our customers and our suppliers,” said Pyatt. “We invite readers to share their feedback on the report with us through our online survey, so we can ensure future reports remain of interest to our stakeholders.”

Doe Run’s sixth sustainability report follows the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). As part of the GRI framework, the company reports its progress against a number of key indicators related to environmental stewardship, economic performance, labor practices and community engagement.

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Old Miner's Day Offers Family-Friendly Ways to Experience Missouri's Mining History

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, September 25, 2015

Featuring Underground Mine Tours, Equipment Displays, 5K Run and Carnival

VIBURNUM, Mo. (Sept. 21, 2015) — On Oct. 2-4, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Viburnum community will hold the 29th Annual Old Miners’ Days festival, recognizing the region’s rich history as one of the world’s largest lead mining districts.

“We estimate that more than 8,000 people came out last year to celebrate our mining heritage, and to enjoy music, food and activities,” said David Major, maintenance planner at Doe Run and director of Old Miners’ Days. “My high school class helped organize Viburnum’s first Old Miners’ Days in 1986, and it has been exciting to watch this event grow in size and popularity annually. This year, we are pleased to announce several new features, including a 5K race and children’s carnival.”

One of the most popular activities during the festival takes visitors underground to see a working lead mine. Doe Run will offer free mine tours for guests 12 and older on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mine tour guests can register at Doe Run’s Old Miners’ Days booth, and buses will transport guests to and from the tour site. Doe Run’s lead mines stretch for miles and some are as deep as 1,250 feet underground. Typically a pleasant 65 degrees, the mines are rocky and damp, and feature glittering rock faces and dramatic rock pillars.

“We are living and working in the second-largest lead mining district in the world, so we enjoy giving our neighbors the opportunity to see one of our mines in action,” said Steve Batts, vice president – Southeast Missouri Operations. Lead mining stimulated our region’s economic growth more than 150 years ago, and the lead ore we extract today supplies people around the world with the lead needed to start our cars, store renewable energy and back-up power, protect patients during X-rays, and support building and bridge construction.”

More than 100 of Doe Run employees volunteer to make Old Miners’ Days a success each year. In addition to mine tours, Doe Run will exhibit haul trucks, loaders and other mining equipment. Children can see how this type of equipment works by moving sand with remote-controlled loaders. Batts will also share updates on Doe Run’s mining operations and the future of Missouri mining as part of the State of Mines address at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Country music band Ricochet will perform a free concert on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Other activities include a parade, car show, craft booths, children’s games, a talent show, and more. The events will take place next to the Viburnum High School on the Viburnum shopping center parking lot. Visit for the full schedule.

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, Missouri. 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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Doe Run Promotes Steve Batts to Vice President - SEMO Operations

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 24, 2015


ST. LOUIS (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) announced today the promotion of Steve Batts, a 30-year veteran at Doe Run, to the role of vice president - Southeast Missouri Operations. Batts will oversee the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and the company’s Metals Division, which includes a lead recycling facility in Boss, and lead refining, alloying and casting operations in Herculaneum.
“We are excited to expand Steve’s responsibilities to include management of our mining, milling and metals operations,” said Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO at Doe Run. “The SEMO Division has flourished under Steve’s leadership, achieving a number of safety milestones and annually supplying the global market with approximately 250,000 tons of some of the purest lead concentrates available. I am confident that he will bring that same dedication and success to the Metals Division.”
Batts most recently served as general manager of SEMO, overseeing the world-class mining and milling operations at Doe Run’s six underground mines and four mills. As general manager, Batts managed operations at all of the facilities in the division and reinforced Doe Run’s commitments to safety and the environment. Under his direction, SEMO reached 3 million safe work hours without a lost-time injury, and four Doe Run mines were recognized for outstanding safety records in 2013.

In addition to managing mining and milling operations, Batts will now oversee Doe Run's Metals Division. This division is responsible for recycling lead-acid batteries and other products at the Resource Recycling facility, which has the capacity to recycle and recover nearly 160,000 tons of refined lead and lead alloys from more than 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries annually. It also includes the company's Herculaneum refinery, strip mill, and alloying and casting operations, where it produces unique lead alloy products for customers. 

"I'm looking forward to working with the management teams of both Missouri divisions," said Batts. "Together, we will be able to identify synergies and opportunities that enable Doe Run to better meet customers’ needs and the demands of the global mining and metals industry.”

Batts was born and raised in Pevely, Missouri, and began working with Doe Run in 1984 as a project engineer. He held several maintenance engineering and operational roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career at the company’s former lead smelter in Herculaneum as well as at the company’s mines and mills. Batts was promoted to SEMO Division general manager in 2011. He resides near DeSoto, Missouri.

Prior to joining Doe Run, Batts worked as an engineer with Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas). He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).

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EnerSys Announces Organizational Changes

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

 EnerSys Announces Organizational Changes

READING, Pa., Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EnerSys (NYSE: ENS) the world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries announced that John D. Craig, Chief Executive Officer will be retiring as Chief Executive Officer effective March 31, 2016. David M. Shaffer has been named President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer effective April 1, 2016. Mr. Shaffer will become a member of the board of directors of the Company on April 1, 2016.  

Mr. Craig joined the Company's predecessor in 1994 and was named Chairman, President and CEO in 2000 when he led the management buyout of the Company forming EnerSys. Since that time the Company's revenue has grown from $400 million to $2.5 billion while completing 33 acquisitions. Mr. Craig will continue as non-executive chairman of the board of directors of EnerSys following his retirement.

Mr. Shaffer joined EnerSys in 2005 serving most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer since November 2014, prior to that he served as President of the Company's Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business and as President of Asia prior to that. He has held positions with increasing responsibility in the battery industry since 1989. Mr. Shaffer holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Richard W. Zuidema, Executive Vice President of the Company, has announced his retirement as of December 31, 2015. Todd M. Sechrist, President EMEA will assume the role of Executive Vice President effective January 1, 2016.

Mr. Zuidema joined the Company's predecessor in 1998 and was a member of the group who completed the 2000 management buyout. He has been a significant contributor to the success of the Company and to assure a smooth transition he intends to assume a consulting role with the Company effective January 1, 2016.

Mr. Sechrist joined EnerSys' predecessor company in 1993 and currently serves as President EMEA. Prior to that he served as President of the Company's Americas business. He has held several positions with increasing responsibilities with the Company. Mr. Sechrist received his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from St. Joseph's University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

Holger P. Aschke, Vice President Reserve Power Sales and Marketing for EMEA, has been appointed President EMEA effective January 1, 2016 replacing Mr. Sechrist. Mr. Aschke joined a predecessor company in 1996 and has held a wide range of operational and sales roles in the Company's EMEA business.

Also effective January 1, 2016, Michael J. Schmidtlein will be appointed Executive Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Schmidtlein has served as Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer since 2010, having previously been Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer.


EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. Outdoor equipment shelter products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility, transportation industries and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

For more information contact:
Richard Zuidema, Executive Vice President, EnerSys, 2366 Bernville Road, Reading, PA, 19605, USA, Tel: 800-538-3627


Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Although EnerSys does not make forward-looking statements unless it believes it has a reasonable basis for doing so, EnerSys cannot guarantee their accuracy.  The foregoing factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements.  For a list of other factors which could affect EnerSys' results, including earnings estimates, see EnerSys' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," including "Forward-Looking Statements," set forth in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 28, 2015.  No undue reliance should be placed on any forward-looking statements.

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Leaders at The Battery Show Call for Lead-Acid Renaissance in EVs

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Battery industry leaders made a case yesterday for automakers to consider lead-acid chemistries as the car industry moves toward increased electrification.

Two keynote speakers at The Battery Show outside Detroit said that new versions of the nearly 150-year-old lead-acid battery technology might be better suited than lithium-ion for near-term applications in hybrid cars, mild hybrids, and micro-hybrid vehicles. The speakers said they see lead-acid as an alternative to lithium-ion in certain applications and not as a replacement for it in fully battery-powered vehicles.

”There is no silver bullet when it comes to battery technology,” noted Subhash Dhar, CEO of Energy Power Systems, at The Battery Show’s "Leaders Debate" forum. “Whether we talk about lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, or lithium-ion, every chemistry has a value proposition for its given application.”

In particular, Dhar cited start-stop vehicles, which need long cycle life and low cost in their batteries, as candidates for lead-acid chemistries. He also said that lead-acid makes more sense than lithium-ion in mild hybrids and full hybrids, which typically use relatively small battery capacities of just 1 kWh or 1.5 kWh. “While lithium-ion is a high-performance battery, it does have high costs associated with it,” he said. “We need to come up with a low-cost solution that’s acceptable to the user community.”

Dhar was one of two speakers at the Leaders Debate who supported lead-acid. Robert Flicker, chief operating officer of East Penn Manufacturing, also argued that automakers need to consider lead-acid beyond the traditional SLI (starting, lighting, and ignition) applications. East Penn is conducting its own field tests on hybridized, lead-acid versions of the Honda Insight, Honda Civic, Volkswagen Passat, and Ford Focus, he said. It is also working on lead-acid-based vehicles with 42 V electrical architectures.

Also at the show, the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium displayed a Dodge Ram truck that combines lead-carbon batteries with a natural-gas-powered engine. The truck uses the lead-acid batteries as part of a start-stop system that helps reduce emissions and fuel costs.

Flicker argued that lead-acid makes particularly good sense in applications that don’t require high energy and a long driving range. There, he said, lead-acid’s low cost could be desirable. ”If we want to have a true impact on CO2, then we have to focus on what’s cost effective,” he told an audience of engineers in his keynote.

Experts at the show said that advanced lead-acid-based battery systems cost about $100/kWh, whereas finished lithium-ion packs typically cost between $200/kWh and $300/kWh and sometimes more.

Asked whether the US Advanced Battery Consortium’s 25-year quest to create a “Holy Grail” battery should continue, keynote speakers were unanimous in saying that the quest should be broadened. “We need to come up with a systematic approach to combine the technologies we have today, as opposed to spending all our time on the Holy Grail,” said Dhar.

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Microporous Fills Key Positions to Meet Growth and Leadership Commitments

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 21, 2015


Microporous Fills Key Positions

to Meet Growth and Quality Leadership Commitments


(Piney Flats, Tenn.) Microporous, a leading developer and manufacturer of separators for lead-acid batteries, announces several additions to the company’s engineering and manufacturing teams. These appointments include Roger Calloway as Site Manager of the Piney Flats, Tenn., facility; Matt Smith and Doug Lopez as Process Engineers; and John Daugherty as Maintenance Manager.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Roger, Doug, Matt and John aboard during this exciting period of growth for our company,” says Microporous President Jean-Luc Koch. “They are each recognized as best in their field. Their combined 75 years of experience in PE separator manufacturing is a very rare asset in our industry and will help accelerate our development plans, especially when coupled with all the other talents we have attracted over the last 1.5 years.”

“We are finalizing the installation of our 3rd production line in Feistritz, Austria. When completed at the end of 2015, our global annual capacity will reach 25 Million m2 of Industrial separators and 60 Million m2 of Automotive separators. This is pretty much 1/3rd more from where we started at the end of 2013 and was a major requirement by our customer base. We are delighted to continue growing with our long-term partners and now will be able to honor additional supply requests that we receive from all parts of the world.”

Microporous Vice President of Operations Peter Gaugl says that “Producing the highest quality products requires constant improvement and strengthening of highly complex manufacturing processes, which, when combined with demanding productivity requirements, necessitates deep expertise and constant focus of the entire operations group. In line with our commitments, we have filled between our U.S. and Austrian operations more than 20 technical positions over the last 18 months. We firmly intend to maintain and further extend our quality leadership.” 

About Microporous:

Microporous is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance rubber, polyethylene (PE) and hybrid battery separators for flooded lead acid batteries. Separators are a highly engineered, mission-critical component of lead acid batteries. The company’s separators are used by battery manufacturers for applications such as golf car, forklift, standby power, Starting Lighting and Ignition (“SLI”) for automobiles and trucks, or renewable energy. The company supplies a customer base located across 25 countries and five continents. Microporous currently operates two plants, one in Piney Flats, Tenn., and one in Feistritz, Austria. For more information, please visit


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Saft America Receives $6.13 Million USABC Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Saft America receives $6.13 million USABC award for lithium-ion stop-start
 battery technology development

JACKSONVILLE, FL, Aug. 31, 2015 – Saft America Inc. today announced it received a competitively bid, $6.13 million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Saft.

The 30-month contract will focus on the development and delivery of lithium-ion 12-volt modules for vehicle stop-start battery applications consistent with USABC goals based on Saft’s advanced lithium-ion battery technologies along with battery management electronics.

The new Saft contract follows research previously conducted with USABC for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development and an earlier contract to develop lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicle applications.

"Advancing the technology of vehicle batteries is not only important strategically for Saft, but for the energy security of the United States," said Thomas Alcide, President of Saft America. "The commitment by the Department of Energy to support state-of the art energy storage technologies will help reduce the nation’s emissions and the dependence on imported fuel."

USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOE, USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.

The U.S. DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States. DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office works with industry, academia and national laboratories to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase its energy security. Electrochemical energy storage has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient, light and heavy-duty vehicles.


About Saft

Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military electronics’ markets. Saft world leader in space and defense batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication network markets. More than 4,000 employees in 18 countries, 14 manufacturing sites and an extensive sales network all contribute to accelerating the Group’s growth for the future.

Saft batteries. Designed for industry.

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