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BCI Announces New President, David M. Shaffer; Joseph A. Walicki Retires from BCI Board of Directors

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CHICAGO ---  Battery Council International (BCI) has announced the appointment of David M. "Dave" Shaffer to President of the BCI Board of Directors effective Sept. 1 succeeding Joseph A. "Joe" Walicki who has announced he will step down as president and resign from the BCI Board of Directors effective Aug. 31 coinciding with his retirement.

"We are excited to welcome Dave into his new role as BCI's president and we are eager to see where his leadership will take us, as the organization is poised to enter a new strategic planning phase," said Kevin Moran, BCI executive vice president. "On behalf of BCI, I'd like to extend my gratitude to Joe for his many contributions and service to BCI. We wish him years of happiness in his retirement."

Shaffer currently serves as director, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of EnerSys, a manufacturer and distributor of reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions. 

Shaffer reaffirmed the focus of BCI by stating that, "Energy storage has never been more important or exciting, and our industry continues to meet the world's energy storage needs as they transition to decarbonization. BCI has a vital role to help its members adapt to an evolving technology and regulatory landscape. I thank the BCI board and membership for the opportunity to serve as president as we work together to sustain our collective success."

Walicki welcomed Shaffer to his position as board president by stating, "As I step down from my role as board president, I am pleased to have Dave assume this leadership position. His passion, energy and commitment to the industry will be valuable to the BCI board, staff and members."

Until Aug. 31 Walicki is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Clarios, previously known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions. He represents the company in the advancement of energy storage technologies, the support of vehicle energy efficiency standards and is an advocate for sound energy and environmental policies.

In announcing his retirement, Walicki stated, "After more than 30 years at Johnson Controls, now Clarios, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I have never been as proud as I am today of the Clarios team and the work they have done and will continue to perform under its leadership. My wife, Claire, and I look forward to returning to our home back East where we will be surrounded by our family and reconnect with longtime friends."

Photos available upon request.

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About David M. Shaffer

David M. "Dave" Shaffer was appointed director, president and chief executive officer of EnerSys effective April 2016. He served as president and chief operating officer of EnerSys from November 2014 through March 2016, and EnerSys' President - Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) from January 2013 through October 2014. From 2008 to 2013, he was President - Asia. Previously he was responsible for EnerSys' telecommunication sales in the Americas. He has worked in various roles of increased responsibility in the industry since 1989.

Shaffer received a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

About Joseph A. Walicki

Joseph A."Joe" Walicki has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the automotive and energy storage industry. He has held several sales and operations leadership positions with Johnson Controls Building Technology and Solutions and Power Solutions division, now Clarios. He currently serves as the president and chief executive officer, overseeing all aspects of the global business. He joined Johnson Controls in 1988.

In this role, he represents the company in the advancement of energy storage technologies, the support of vehicle energy efficiency standards and is an advocate for sound energy and environmental policies.

Prior to being appointed to his current role in 2014, he held positions of increasing responsibility across the business. He served as group vice president and general manager, Systems, Services, and Solutions, North America, as part of Johnson Controls Building Technology and Solutions division.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University.

About Battery Council International
Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit
www.batterycouncil.org

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Doe Run Supports Stem Education In Southeast Missouri

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 22, 2019

STEM programs at local schools help students learn vital skills for future careers

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 22, 2019) – Nearly 20 percent of all current U.S. jobs require science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills or training, and that will only increase over time. The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) continues to support essential STEM curriculum throughout southeast Missouri schools to prepare current students for the future.

This summer, Doe Run has pledged more than $15,000 to local schools that have implemented STEM programs within elementary and middle schools. The funding will help enhance curriculum, as well as assist in buying new equipment for hands-on learning.

“Today’s mining and metal working jobs use a lot of technology – from drones, digital data collection and sensor technologies to complex data analysis and reporting systems. We believe by investing in our local students, we can inspire the future leaders of our company and our industry to embrace the STEM technologies needed for our growth,” said Sharon Gietl, vice president – information technology and human resources at Doe Run. “We also see this as an investment in our local community, where many of our employees live and where their children attend school. High quality education programs will help keep southeast Missouri a desirable place to live, work and raise a family.”

This marks the third year Doe Run has supported Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Valley R-VI High School in Caledonia. Doe Run pledged $7,000 this year, bringing the total donation to $23,000. PLTW provides STEM curriculum focused on project-based learning to prepare students for STEM careers and to solve real world problems in a collaborative environment. Over a three-year period, 242 students in grades 7-12 participated in PLTW at Valley R-VI.

“This curriculum is making a difference in our students’ lives and helping them learn about career opportunities that they had not considered before,” said Trina Pritchett, Valley R-VI high school science teacher and PLTW gateway instructor. “Many of these students have graduated and chosen to study a profession that they learned about through PLTW.”

Doe Run also pledged $8,000 to Bunker Elementary to buy new equipment for students and faculty, including lab materials, teacher training, robotics, and more. At North Wood R-VI in Salem, Doe Run also helped fund STEM kits to be used in the middle school program. The kits enable students in grades 5-8 to plan and carry out scientific investigations, analyze and interpret data, and use mathematics and computational thinking.

Doe Run Supports STEM Education in Southeast Missouri
STEM skills are the foundation for many career opportunities in science, engineering and mining across the region. There will be an estimated 3.5 million jobs in STEM-related fields by 2025.1 Fostering an early interest in STEM learning is critical to filling these roles for the next generation.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 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, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in 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 www.doerun.com.

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Energy Storage Cuts CO2 in California, but not Texas — Study

Posted By Marianna Lovo, Monday, August 19, 2019

Reprinted from Energywire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2019. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.netFor the original story and more news click here

The usefulness of energy storage for states seeking to accelerate a renewable transition and decarbonize their grid might depend on where the technology is deployed, according to a study published today in Nature Communications.

Researchers from three U.S. universities assessed what would happen if power grids in California and Texas were to take on a massive amount of new wind and solar and combine it with storage technologies, all while governments imposed huge new taxes on carbon.

In California, they found, those three policies could help the state cut as much as 90% of its carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, compared with 72% if energy storage were excluded.

But in Texas, leaving out storage from that mass renewable deployment wouldn't make that much of a difference: CO2 emissions would fall 54% without it, compared with 57% with it.

That's because in Texas, renewable power sources don't do much "curtailing" — generating power but failing to deliver it — because the power mix operates more flexibly there than in California, where power from nuclear, hydro and biomass sources is often generated or imported into the state on a fixed schedule.

"As such, energy storage has a more limited role in increasing the use of renewable energy in Texas relative to California," wrote the team, which included sustainability engineers from the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and North Carolina State University.

The range of policies contemplated by the team, while assessing energy storage's utility in a "deep decarbonization," would go beyond anything pursued by state or even national governments to date.

The 90% emissions reduction estimated in California, for instance, would occur if a $200-per-ton carbon tax were enacted. That's larger than taxes imposed in Europe — where they tend not to exceed a few dozen dollars per ton — although the figures are on the lower end of what U.N. scientists have said should be imposed in order to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

A 'hot topic'

Lithium-ion batteries, a storage technology that has gotten much attention for its applications in electric vehicles, also would have "a limited role to play" in decarbonization, unless the technology's upfront cost comes down, according to the research.

Pumped hydro and compressed-air technologies, which use water or air to drive a turbine, would generally be the most cost-effective, assuming any carbon tax remained small.

"But then, we know that there are other issues" with those technologies, said Maryam Arbabzadeh, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability. "It's not very easy to develop a pumped-hydro storage system."

"A small reduction in the cost of lithium-ion could make these batteries cost-effective," she said.

In Texas, energy storage would mostly be useful under the largest carbon taxes, when it would shift the grid from coal power to natural gas, the study found.

The team's policy analysis also included renewable deployments that would dwarf those currently in place: 20 gigawatts of wind and 40 GW of solar.

As of this year's first quarter, Texas had just under 3 GW of solar installed, although it had almost 25 GW of wind. California had about 25 GW of solar and less than 6 GW of wind.

The researchers based their case studies on the two states' grids during the 2010-12 period, the latest years for which the National Renewable Energy Laboratory had data available when the team began work, said Arbabzadeh.

Only a handful of states have enacted mandates for energy storage development, including California, which was the first to do so in 2013. But some renewable analysts expect more to follow.

For sustainability experts, "it's a hot topic," said Arbabzadeh.

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East Penn Expands Innovation Investment by Acquiring Majority Share of Navitas Systems

Posted By Marianna Lovo, Monday, August 19, 2019

East Penn is pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.
Navitas Systems is a global leader in larger-format lithium battery technology and systems
for heavy-duty commercial/industrial as well as government/defense market segments.

The acquisition will accelerate East Penn’s expansion of its Motive Power battery offering,
as well as its strategic integration into other market segments. This exciting new venture
aligns with East Penn’s existing plans of providing the most robust array of optimized
energy storage system solutions. This will enhance the company’s efforts in completely
meeting the ever-expanding demands of its customers well into the future. Navitas products
will complement East Penn’s offerings, and its lithium Research and Development expertise
will add to East Penn’s current lithium R&D program.

“East Penn and Navitas share corporate values of quality, research and development, and
ethical integrity. Chairman and Founder, Alan ElShafei, has built a rich company culture at
Navitas very similar to ours here at East Penn. Navitas also shares our passion for
producing safe, high quality Lithium products,” said Chris Pruitt, East Penn CEO and
President. “We are happy to be joining in partnership with such a strong, well-established
company.”

Navitas Systems will continue to be run by their current management team, and both of
their research and manufacturing facilities will remain in Ann Arbor, MI.

“We are delighted to join in this major partnership with East Penn” said Alan ElShafei,
Chairman and Founder of Navitas Systems. “They have earned such tremendous loyalty
from customers and distributors alike, resulting from their caring culture, quality products,
and continued focus on innovation. We could not imagine a stronger company to partner
with, and we look forward to helping bring advanced lithium battery solutions in a
complementary fashion to the already innovative portfolio of battery products offered by
East Penn.”

East Penn’s commitment to innovations in lead batteries and other advancements in new
technology has availed the company unique opportunities in many new markets. The
company remains on the forefront of exploring the many possibilities of advanced battery
technology. While East Penn remains focused on manufacturing lead batteries and its
continued innovation, expanding its offerings will help meet broader customer demands as
well as enabling entry into new markets.

About East Penn Manufacturing:
East Penn is a privately-owned company operating the largest single-site battery
manufacturing facility in the world. As a leading global battery provider, the company makes
high quality lead batteries and accessories, as well as offers other energy storage and system
integration solutions, for the automotive, commercial, marine, motive power, UPS, and
telecommunication markets. The company’s quality and environmental systems for its entire
520-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2008, IATF 16949:2016, and ISO
14001:2015 requirements. For more information, visit the company website at
www.dekabatteries.com.

About Navitas Systems:
Navitas Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development, and manufacturing
of innovative energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial,
industrial, and government agency customers. Navitas Systems products range from
customized energy storage solutions for motive, idle-reduction and defense related
applications, along with custom renewable energy integrated power systems. The company is
located in Ann Arbor Michigan, with both a 48,000 square foot R&D, Engineering, and
Manufacturing Center, as well as a new 100,000 square foot Starlifter lithium forklift battery
Manufacturing Center. From advanced R&D, safe/high energy cell design, in-house electronics
manufacturing and cable assemblies, to sophisticated battery pack assembly, Navitas is a
premier source for comprehensive energy and power electronics solutions. More information
on Navitas Systems is available at www.navitassys.com as well as Starlifter lithium forklift
battery information at www.lithiumforkliftpower.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at
www.linkedin.com/company/navitas-systems-llc.

Stifel acted as exclusive financial advisor to Navitas Systems LLC on the transaction.

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Lead Batteries A Model Of Circular Economy At D.C. Sustainability Summit

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Decision-Makers Gather at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Event  to Share Sustainability Strategies Through 2030

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2019 – Today, leaders from the lead battery manufacturing and recycling industry shared its circular economy success with those attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 5th Annual Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit. Held in the nation’s capital, the two-day conference unites a cross-section of sustainability and circular economy professionals to educate one another on replicable, successful initiatives and benchmark strategies for impact through 2030 and beyond.

Highlighting this afternoon’s “Data for Good” session was discussion on the success of the lead battery industry’s circularity and commercial viability. Its closed-loop infrastructure results in a 99.3% recycling rate, use of 80% recycled materials, and “Most Recycled Consumer Product” recognition by the EPA.

During the session, Dr. Carole Mars, Director of Technical Development and Innovation for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), spoke on making the lead battery industry a circular economy model for other sectors.

 

“Lead batteries close the loop more effectively than any other product in the consumer goods space,” Mars said. “We’d like to leverage the lessons of this industry to help others reach the same type of performance for their end-of-life products.” TSC’s mission is to help make consumer products worldwide more sustainable.

 

The circularity of a lead battery has global impact, as the demand grows for sustainable energy storage in the renewable energy, automotive and digital technology sectors. Wood Mackenzie’s Power & Renewables latest report projects that energy storage deployments will grow thirteen-fold over the next six years, concentrated in the U.S. and China. One goal of the U.S. lead battery industry is to ensure that environmental criteria of batteries be equal to, or greater than, performance and cost criteria when evaluating battery options.

Also participating in the “Data for Good” session were executives from East Penn Manufacturing and RSR Technologies. Their leaders explained the companys’ sustainable materials management.

“Lead batteries are designed from the outset to ensure recyclability,” said East Penn Manufacturing CEO/President Chris Pruitt. “At our Berks County Pennsylvania facility, we recycle nearly 30,000 lead batteries every day, and the materials are reused to make new batteries over and over again.” In the true spirit of a circular economy, new products are also created from the recycled materials. From the recovered sulfuric acid, East Penn annually sells 25,000 tons of liquid fertilizer solution as raw material to fertilizer manufacturers.

Dr. Mark Drezdzon is Vice President of Research and Development for RSR Technologies, a subsidiary of ECOBAT Technologies Ltd., one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead. Drezdzon noted that performance advancements made in lead batteries over the past 20 years have not compromised the recyclability of the product.

“We continue to improve lead battery performance,” Drezdzon stated. “The industry is engaged in a project at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to do fundamental research using state-of-the-art analytical tools to study a 160-year-old technology.” Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, a synchrotron which generates high energy X-rays capable of studying a lead battery as it operates in real time, DOE scientists are studying the structural and chemical changes in a lead battery during operation to foster further improvements in battery performance.

 

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday 

Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives and future. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. Its initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International and the International Lead Association.

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Note to editors: Photos available upon request to ldry@batterycouncil.org

Additional information on lead batteries and the circular economy including infographic.

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Doe Run Mine Rescue Team Earns Top Honor at Regional Contest

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, June 21, 2019

In honor of National Safety Month in June, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) recognizes the dedication of its skilled mine rescue teams. Doe Run’s Maroon mine rescue team won overall contest champion at the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.

In addition to winning the overall contest championship, the Maroon Team won second place in the field competition, which measures how well team members adhere to mine rescue procedures during a simulated mine emergency. They also took second place in team technician and third place in first aid. The Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest took place from April 8-11, 2019, in New Mexico.

“Doe Run came home with the most accomplishments of any team in the competition, and the competition was fierce – the last four national champion teams were among the teams competing in this year’s contest,” said Ryan Seelke, safety manager at Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). “We’re very proud of the commitment of the team and their readiness in case of emergency.”

Doe Run’s mine rescue teams are critical for keeping employees safe in the event of an emergency. As part of the company’s underground safety program, mine rescue teams complete eight hours of training monthly. The teams compete in mine rescue competitions annually to keep their skills sharp and prepare them to help fellow miners in real-life situations. Companywide, Doe Run employees went through more than 30,000 hours of training in 2018, including extensive health and safety training. Employees also play an active role in sharing ideas and implementing new programs that address workplace safety.

In July, the Gray mine rescue team will be attending the Northern Regional Mine Rescue Competition in New York. In October, both the Maroon and Gray mine rescue teams will compete at the Missouri Mine Rescue Contest. Held in Rolla, Missouri, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s experimental mine, it is one of the most widely attended mine rescue contests in the nation.

About The Doe Run Company

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 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, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in 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 www.doerun.com.

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Lead batteries poised to support electric vehicle charging stations

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Plans to introduce lead battery-supported electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have moved a step closer thanks to funding through a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. state of Missouri, made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program.

The competitive grant award by the state’s Division of Energy will support a Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) feasibility study that will investigate advanced lead battery energy storage deployed alongside EV charging points at Missouri gas stations.

The ground-breaking project could pave the way for a much wider roll-out of EV charging stations utilizing advanced lead battery technology.

CBI is now preparing to select the most appropriate gas station locations before conducting an in-depth feasibility analysis for at least two locations.

Dr. Alistair Davidson, CBI Director, said: “This project aims to demonstrate how advanced lead battery energy storage, linked to EV charging stations, can help manage electricity demand fluctuations and store electricity when it is less costly, before supplying it at a time when electric car drivers need to charge their vehicles. It highlights the important role lead batteries can play in assisting governments around the world to roll-out charging infrastructure and meet energy needs.

“This kind of innovation could result in a much faster and more effective roll-out of EV charging stations using tried and tested battery energy storage with lead batteries.”

The grant from Missouri will fund a detailed plan for the set-up and construction of EV charging stations with advanced lead storage at the selected demonstration sites. The detailed plans will identify potential funding sources to fully develop each site. These sites can then be used as a model for future lead battery-supported EV charging stations across the state.

CBI is aiming to establish the demonstration sites in the autumn of 2019. CBI is partnering with Paragon Business Solutions, Inc., a consultancy business located in Rolla, Missouri, to deliver the feasibility study.

Craig Redmon, Director of Missouri’s Division of Energy, said: “We are delighted to support this project through our innovative industry partnerships program, which aims to increase the awareness of, and experience with, marketable energy storage technologies that have the potential to contribute to meeting the state’s energy needs and economic development goals now and into the future.

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Students to Gain Valuable Experience in the Mining and Metals Industry

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, May 31, 2019

There will be an estimated 3.5 million jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by 2025. STEM skills are the foundation for many of the mining and metal production careers at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run). Doe Run’s internship program gives students hands-on training in STEM-related roles to help prepare them for future careers.

This summer, Doe Run welcomes six area students for the 2019 internship program. They will work in the engineering, metallurgy, maintenance and information technology (IT) departments at the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and Resource Recycling facility.

  • Haley Rehagen, a mechanical engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), will work as a maintenance intern at Resource Recycling.
  • Susan Donaldson is a chemical engineering student at Missouri S&T. She will intern in the Resource Recycling metallurgy department.
  • Brent Aubuchon is a Missouri S&T mechanical engineering student. He will work as an industrial engineer intern at Resource Recycling.
  • Austin Arlt, a mining engineering student at Missouri S&T, will be rotating through several job areas at SEMO, including technical engineering, ore haulage management, practical ventilation, mine power, water drainage applications, and surveying.
  • Isaac Freeman is an undergraduate student at Missouri State University. He will be working in the IT department at SEMO.
  • Riley Mathes, a recent Lesterville R-IV High School graduate, will work in the SEMO IT department.

“The summer internship is a shared learning experience for both our interns and our team,” said Sharon Gietl, vice president – information technology and human resources at Doe Run. “We provide project assignments and hands-on learning opportunities for our interns and in turn we gain fresh perspectives and new insights into how they approach a project.”

Mining jobs in Missouri – including Doe Run’s – outperform average Missouri wages, paying an average of $67,919 (compared to an industry average of $47,810). The manufacturing industry, including Doe Run’s battery recycling plant, employs a total of 259,300 people in Missouri, paying an average of $68,738.

Along with internships, Doe Run supports students by partnering with local colleges, including Missouri S&T and Mineral Area College, to provide scholarships, field trips and equipment donations that will assist in training the future workforce.

About The Doe Run Company

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 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, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in 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 www.doerun.com.

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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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Doe Run Welcomes Two New Leaders to its Executive Team

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, May 16, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New Roles Include Vice President – Exploration, Research and Technical Development, and Vice President – Environmental Affairs

The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) is pleased to announce that John Uhrie, PE, Ph.D., QP, has joined the company as vice president – exploration, research and technical development. In addition, Michael Montgomery, previously senior counsel and director of regulatory affairs, has been promoted to vice president – environmental affairs.

“John is a recognized technical expert in both mining and minerals processing – two key business drivers for Doe Run, and we’re excited to tap his expertise in everything from metal recovery to geology to economic evaluations in order to uncover and advance new business opportunities,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO.

Dr. Uhrie brings 25 years of experience in the mining industry to his new role. Dr. Uhrie will lead the company’s efforts to advance new technologies and to identify and acquire mineral resources that can drive growth. He joins Doe Run from RPM Global, a leader in providing software solutions, advisory consulting and professional development solutions to the mining industry, and has previous global experience at Newmont Mining Corporation and Freeport McMoRan.

Dr. Uhrie is a distinguished member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and serves on the SME’s Board of Directors. He is also a Qualified Professional through the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. He holds two patents and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Mining and Minerals Processing).

Dr. Uhrie earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University, a master’s in geology from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

“We’re also pleased to welcome Michael Montgomery to the executive team,” said Pyatt. “Mike’s diverse background in both environmental regulations and compliance, coupled with his legal experience, will be key to fostering relationships with important stakeholders within our communities and regulatory agencies.”

For nearly a decade, Montgomery has supported Doe Run’s regulatory compliance efforts, starting as a senior attorney and rising to director of regulatory affairs before being named vice president. He will leverage a well-rounded perspective from past legal and engineering roles to help Doe Run meet its commitments to environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Doe Run, Montgomery represented companies from various industrial sectors in remediation and regulatory compliance matters as outside counsel. Before attending law school, he worked as a field environmental specialist, environmental engineer and civil engineer.

Montgomery earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s of science in environmental engineering from Lamar University, and a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).

About The Doe Run Company

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 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, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in 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 www.doerun.com.

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