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ArcActive Receives 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 27, 2020

Lead Battery Industry Recognizes New Zealand Firm for Improving Battery Performance

CHICAGO – April 27, 2020 – ArcActive Limited has been awarded the 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award. Battery Council International (BCI) annually presents this award to celebrate innovation throughout all areas of the manufacturing, recycling and distribution process, including packaging, technology, equipment, safety, chemistry and beyond. The award was established in 2015 to honor industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co. 


New Zealand-based ArcActive has re-engineered the negative electrode of the lead battery to remove the lead grid and replace it with a non-woven carbon fibre fabric (AACarbon™). The benefit of this innovation is that it solves a major technical challenge facing the industry: Achieving high and sustained dynamic charge acceptance while delivering very low water consumption. The company expects the technology has the potential to double the fuel efficiency (and result in CO2 reduction) of the hybrid system in micro hybrid vehicles – which are forecast to be the mass-market car for decades to come.


“We’ve been working on this technology for nine years and it’s been a huge challenge, so to receive this recognition from our peers is really meaningful,” said Stuart McKenzie, chief executive officer of ArcActive. ”We’d also like to thank the battery makers who have made a huge contribution into making this all a reality with their manufacturing, technical and sales support.”


"BCI is pleased to have received 13 submissions for the 2020 Innovation Award," said Roger Miksad, executive vice president and general counsel of BCI. "We are excited to showcase these innovations to both the industry and the public, and to see how these advances will continue to impact the lead battery industry over time."


Daramic and TBS Engineering received honorable mentions for their submissions.


To watch a video of each submission, including ArcActive’s, and to learn more about the Innovation Award, visit



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


About ArcActive

ArcActive was founded on technology developed at the University of Canterbury by Associate Professor John Abrahamson. The Christchurch-based company started operations in 2011 and the following year 

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BCI to Host Its First-Ever Virtual Convention On April 27

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, April 3, 2020

Battery Council International (BCI) will host its first-ever virtual convention on Monday, April 27, in lieu of its annual in-person event, the 2020 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo.

The virtual convention will consist of an engaging and dynamic program featuring five industry speakers, and will offer attendees an opportunity to interact with the content and speakers during a Q&A at the conclusion of each presentation. BCI will also recognize the 2020 Innovation Award winner and entrants during a video presentation.

The impressive lineup of speakers includes:  

  • Dr. Marc Zoellner, CEO, HOPPECKE Batteries, Brilon, Germany
  • Dr. Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation, London, England
  • Davis Knauer, East Penn Manufacturing, Co., Lyons Station, Penn.
  • Ray Kubis, Chairman, Gridtential, Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Nicholas Starita, President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division, Hollingsworth & Vose Co., East Walpole, Mass.

“On behalf of BCI, I’d like to thank our membership for its continued support of our organization,” said Roger Miksad, BCI executive vice president and general counsel. “We look forward to delivering valuable content to members and engaging with our community in a new and innovative forum. In addition to engaging with the members who we will miss seeing at our in-person convention, we hope that others who might not have been able to travel to the convention will join the program.” 

BCI is also once again collaborating with industry publication, Batteries International to prepare the annual BCI Yearbook. The Yearbook will be distributed in printed and digital forms following the virtual event. It will feature the full details of the 2020 Innovation Award, a comprehensive update of BCI’s regulatory and lobbying work in 2019 and its strategy for the coming year, and updates on the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative (ALBCI), as well as plans for the 2020 BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in October 2020. 

Standard registration for the 2020 Virtual Convention is $159 for BCI members ($259 for non-members).  Registration is complimentary for attendees who were registered for the 2020 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo and who transfer their registration to the 2021 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo, April 25-27 in Naples, FL.

For more information, and to register for the event, visit


About Battery Council International

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

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Battery Council International Names Roger Miksad to Executive Vice President

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Battery Council International (BCI) has announced that it has appointed Roger Miksad as executive vice president to lead the organization. Miksad will be based in BCI's Washington, D.C. office. Miksad served BCI for 10 years as external legal counsel, before joining BCI earlier this year as senior vice president and general counsel; he will retain his role of general counsel.
“We are confident that Roger, with his long history with BCI, will effect a smooth transition. He is a great choice to lead BCI’s advocacy for the lead battery industry for many years ahead,” said David Shaffer, president and CEO of EnerSys, who also serves as president of the BCI board of directors.
“I am delighted to assume this expanded role for BCI,” said Miksad. “This is an exciting time for BCI as the industry seeks to realize new and innovative opportunities in the highly electrified future. I look forward to working closely with the BCI board and our membership to expand the industry’s visibility in vital battery applications like energy storage systems, while continuing to emphasize the central role lead batteries will always play in transportation and other sectors.” 
"Roger has demonstrated his long-term commitment to our industry, and I am confident he can lead BCI into the future,” said Chris Pruitt, CEO and president of East Penn Manufacturing, and vice president and treasurer of BCI. “I look forward to seeing the results of his leadership in his new role.”
Miksad succeeds Kevin Moran, who served as executive vice president since 2018. "We thank Kevin for his significant contributions to the industry over the past two years, and wish him all the best in his next endeavor,” said Shaffer.

Miksad will work closely with BCI’s Pam O’Brien, operations, and Lisa Dry, strategic communications. “BCI has assembled an excellent management team, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the services BCI provides to our members,” said Miksad.

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Top 10 Facts to Celebrate During National Battery Week!

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, February 21, 2020

List Honors Lead Batteries for Essential Role in Green Energy, Low-Carbon Transportation, Telecommunication, Data Centers and More


WASHINGTON — February 20, 2020 – What better way to celebrate the February 18th birthday of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, than with a positively fascinating collection of Top Ten Lead Battery Facts. The list was released by the trade association Battery Council International in honor of National Battery Week 2020, which began February 17. Economically, the $80 billion global lead battery industry is expected to grow 110% over the next decade to $115 billion.


Most of this growth is attributed to the rapidly expanding need for energy storage as we transition to a more electrified society. Innovative lead batteries keep us mobile and connected, whether for transportation or providing essential backup power for critical telecommunications and data centers.


What’s more, current R&D in progress is expected to unlock the exciting untapped potential of the trusted lead battery chemistry. So, as we celebrate the history of lead batteries, we also have an eye on future applications for this essential technology.


 Top 10 Lead Battery Facts:

  1. Lead batteries provide more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power.
  2. In 2020, lead batteries are projected to account for nearly 90% of the backup power needed to keep our highly connected and mobile lives running smoothly.
  3. Lead batteries are the best example of a circular economy, according to the World Economic Forum and the MIT Center of Transportation.
  4. In the U.S., an amazing 99% of all lead batteries are recycled (most recycled consumer product), which keeps more than 130 million lead batteries from landfills each year.
  5. U.S. lead battery manufacturers source approximately 70% of the needed lead from domestic recycling facilities and a new lead battery is typically comprised of more than 80% recycled material.
  6. Lead batteries power more than 275 million U.S. vehicles, including hybrids and EVs.
  7. Start-stop technology using lead batteries is eliminating 4.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the U.S.
  8. The lifespan of a lead battery has increased by nearly 30 percent over the last 20 years.
  9. Lead batteries contribute $26.3 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
  10. Lead battery manufacturers and recyclers provide nearly 25,000 direct jobs and support over 92,000 total jobs in the U.S.

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


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. 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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On Battery Day, A Thriving Missouri Lead Battery Industry Announces its $2.5B Economic Benefit to Missouri's Economy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Sustainable, Circular Economy of the Industry Enables 8,150 Jobs Across the State

CHICAGO – February 18, 2020 – In conjunction with Battery Day, February 18, a new report finds that batteries hold a place of honor in Missouri. The lead battery industry delivers $2.5 billion annually in overall economic impact in Missouri, including 3,210 direct jobs, and supports 8,150 total jobs across the state, according to the study, “Economic Contribution of the Missouri Lead Battery Industry.”

Driven by major employers, like The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), EnerSys, Exide Technologies and Clarios, the study illustrates the positive economic impact provided to American workers and their communities by companies that support the lead battery industry through mining, manufacturing and battery recycling. In Missouri alone, the industry spends $257 million annually on payroll for more than 3,200 jobs in a variety of occupations, many of which are accessible to those who have only a high school diploma. Missouri’s lead battery industry also supports 2,350 supplier jobs and 2,590 jobs from worker spending in different industries. Beyond its direct job impact, the Missouri lead battery industry annually supports:

  • $527.3 million in labor income
  • $227 million in tax revenue[1]
  • $2.5 million in R&D spending

“Nationwide, the U.S. lead battery industry, of which Missouri is a valued contributor, provides more than 92,000 total jobs, and an economic impact of $26.3 billion annually. We’re proud to participate in the highest growth in manufacturing jobs within the past 30 years, which gives thousands of Americans access to better than average paying careers,” Roger Miksad, executive vice president, Battery Council International (BCI).

The national Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry study found that compared to other private sector jobs, average salaries in the lead battery industry are 96% higher for recycling and mining workers.

[1]Taxes include employee contributions to social insurance, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, severance taxes, corporate taxes, personal income taxes, and other miscellaneous taxes.

“Missouri is a home for companies that represent all the steps of our successful circular economy model – mining, manufacturing, use, collection, recycling, material sourcing and repeat,” said Miksad.

Lead batteries play a critical role in a greener, more environmentally sustainable economy. Globally, lead batteries power over 1 billion cars, including electric and hybrid models, and 70% of global rechargeable energy storage needs are met by this technology.[1]

The lead battery industry is also one of only 16% of U.S. businesses that have moved to a circular economy, otherwise known as a closed-loop production model. With its 99% recycling rate, 130 million lead batteries are recycled every year. The lead metal and plastic recovered through the recycling process are re-used to manufacture new batteries. In fact, about 80% of a new lead battery is comprised of recycled material.

Doe Run’s mining, recycling and metal production operations in Southeast Missouri represent several steps in the successful circular economy model, and contribute more than $1 billion to the state’s economy, totaling nearly half of the lead battery industry’s economic impact in Missouri. Additionally, Doe Run provides $112.3 million in payroll to over 1,100 Missouri employees, and supports a total of 3,480 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The company also supports Missouri businesses by buying local. In 2018, the company spent more than $181 million with nearly 700 Missouri vendors.

“Our goal is to sustain our business for the long term and thereby provide quality products to our customers and enduring benefits for our employees and the communities,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “We continue to invest in innovation and operations in Southeast Missouri, so we can remain a major employer in this area well into the future. This includes providing nearly $179,000 in 2018 toward educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and university scholarships that can put students on the path to successful careers in our industry.”

“A key factor in our decision to locate a $35 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo., was the proximity to some of the most advanced lead alloy and mining technology in the U.S.,” said Tim Vargo, chairman, president and CEO of Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. “Convenient access to advanced lead technology enables Exide to efficiently manufacture the high-quality, longer-lasting and more durable batteries our customers require in each of our business segments.”

When Pennsylvania-based EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, wanted to expand its production capacity, it acquired a Springfield company that complemented its existing Missouri operations. “The manufacturing processes and quality standards of NorthStar were very similar to one of our growing product lines,” said David M. Shaffer, president and CEO of EnerSys. “We were very impressed with the proven expertise and training of the Springfield production teams and that will accelerate our growth in parallel with the increasing worldwide demand for batteries used for the motive power, transportation, telecom and uninterruptible power supply industries.”

The Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry was prepared by the Economic Development Research Group at the request of Essential Energy Everyday and BCI.

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

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., 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

About EnerSys

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. EnerSys provides highly integrated power solutions and services to broadband, telecom, renewable and industrial customers. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility and 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.

About Exide Technologies

Exide Technologies ( is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward – history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.

[1]Taxes include employee contributions to social insurance, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, severance taxes, corporate taxes, personal income taxes, and other miscellaneous taxes
[2] “Renewable Energy Storage,” July 9, 2018, Essential Energy Everyday

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Energy Storage Briefing: Applications for Electrification, Grid Resiliency and Climate Change Mitigation - February 12

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Experts with Real World Experience Describe Opportunities and Challenges to Meet

 Soaring Energy Storage and Sustainability Needs


WASHINGTONFebruary 5Over the next 10 years, the global battery market is estimated to grow 110%, which equates to $115 billion. A number of macro trends are influencing this growth. Foremost is that batteries are a key technology for new concepts of mobility and energy (e.g. electric mobility, stationary storage) supported by the following trends:

  •  Population increase and city growth challenging existing mobility and energy solutions; the increasing electrification of our planet
  • A shift in energy production, with increasing focus on renewable energies as an alternative to fossil fuel and nuclear
  • A global awareness regarding global warming pushing for the adoption of green solutions, including circular economies that support sustainability
  • The need for grid resiliency and security to protect big data from domestic and foreign data breaches
  • The increased need for back-up power to maintain connectivity (of all devices) between people and critical services as natural disasters grow in frequency and severity

To understand these needs and in recognition of National Battery Day*, a panel of researchers and experts who experience the real life challenges to find solutions will share updates on innovative lead battery research as well as public/private partnerships to meet the need for renewable energy and create efficient energy models to lower the planet’s carbon footprint and stabilize the grid.

Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International will host their second annual energy briefing February 12 on Capitol Hill. The discussion will review latest lead battery research and highlight the essentiality of energy storage in nearly every aspect of our lives, including electrification and climate change mitigation. Panel experts will discuss a host of issues: performance research, transportation and renewable energy, GHG emissions, data centers, grid resilience, safety standards, circularity and more.

Date:                               Wednesday, February 12

 Time:                              1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location:                          US Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-208, Lower Level

                First St SE, Washington, DC

Please Note: If you do not have a Congressional ID, you must register 48 hours prior to February 12; to register, please email Lisa Dry at

Sponsors:                       Battery Council International and Essential Energy Everyday

Featured Panelists: Brief presentations followed by Q&A.  

Angela Rolufs, VP Strategic Energy Initiatives Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.
Topic: The boundless mobility of our society and its move to electrification challenge drivers who experience “range anxiety” and grid managers who want to avoid demand surges. Angela will discuss a project she is leading that explores how battery energy storage can help mitigate the power demand fluctuations and costs
associated with EV fast charging stations.

Matthew Raiford, Ph.D., Manager Consortium for Battery Innovation
Topic: With millions of cars and trucks on U.S. highways, it’s important vehicles be reliable and environmentally sound. Start-stop technology, enabled by lead batteries, is helping by eliminating 4.5 million tons of GHG emissions each year in the U.S. Matt will discuss current research to further improve battery performance.

 Alan French, VP of Engineering QTS Data Centers
Topic: California wildfires and rolling blackouts have caused thousands of people, including emergency personnel, and critical services to lose access to communications, contributing to loss of life. Our economy is increasingly reliant on data and telecommunication centers. Alan will explain challenges and solutions to meeting the increasing demand.

Richard Kluge, Service Line Director Ericsson, Inc.
Topic: The standards and codes for battery chemistries should differ by chemistry type and application. Richard will discuss the expertise he provides to the telecommunications industry and standard-setting bodies to ensure battery systems deliver as expected, in a safe and reliable manner.

H.G. Chissell, Founder/CEO Advanced Energy Agency (AEA) and Advanced Energy Group (AEG)
Topic: As cities adopt year 2050 decarbonization goals, there’s growing need for diverse stakeholder groups to cooperate and expedite energy transformationH.G. will share his experience driving productive dialogue to deliver steady progress.

Moderator: Roger Miksad, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Battery Council International

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.

About Battery Council International

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

Learn more at Essential Energy Everyday.

*National Battery Day is February 18.

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Lead Battery Industry and Value Chain Establish Global Material Stewardship Program

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Associations endorse key principles designed to serve as a best-practice framework for the responsible management of lead throughout the lifecycle of automotive and industrial batteries
  • Commitment will promote continuous improvement and globally shared best practices

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2020 — A global alliance of lead and lead battery industry groups has adopted a set of guiding principles designed to help further protect workers and the environment. The move comes as business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, review sustainability and ways to reduce their impact on the environment

Worldwide demand for batteries is set to increase significantly as low carbon policies promote electrification and battery energy storage. This demand will increase competition for access to raw materials and could potentially be matched by an uptick in the unregulated recycling sector. By joining forces around a new set of guiding principles, the industry is working towards addressing the improper use of substandard manufacturing and recycling operations.

In the United States and in Europe lead battery recycling is achieved in a closed loop – where the battery materials are recycled back into new batteries – with up to 99% being recycled. However, in some low and middle-income countries, improper and unregulated recycling of lead batteries can cause serious health risks for employees and nearby communities.

Industry groups representing lead and lead battery manufacturers and recyclers have signed up to seven key principles and launched a taskforce to implement a wide-ranging material stewardship program. The industry groups – the International Lead Association (ILA), U.S.-based Battery Council International (BCI), the Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) and EU-based automotive and industrial battery association EUROBAT – together represent battery manufacturers in the United States and Europe and battery recyclers globally.

The guiding principles represent an agreement between the organizations, and participating member companies, to develop performance indicators and policies that will ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and further minimize the environmental impact of used lead batteries. The principles also promote the adoption of responsible sourcing policies, working through supply chains to ensure that the lead used for battery manufacturing is produced from environmentally sound recycling practices.

David Shaffer, BCI President, and President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S.-based EnerSys said: “This is a significant moment for the lead battery industry and its lead suppliers in North America and Europe. In September we agreed to move forward with this program, and have collaborated over the past four months to agree to this set of guiding principles. We are committed to work together for the responsible and safe manufacture and recycling of batteries and believe we can make a difference in countries where the need for improvement is greatest.”

Marc Zoellner, EUROBAT President, and Chief Executive Officer of EU-based Hoppecke Batteries said: “The main goal of this program is to work together with stakeholders such as leading global environmental authorities, NGOs and regulators and to help improve global standards especially in low and middle-income countries. As a responsible industry, we commit ourselves to developing a formal sourcing policy and health and safety performance with the ultimate objective of establishing a new set of targets. This Material Stewardship project will supplement another self-imposed initiative from the battery industry, namely its successful ‘employee blood lead reduction‘ program1, which was implemented in Europe and the USA more than 20 years ago.”

Last fall the groups signed a binding memorandum of cooperation and agreed to work together to boost efforts to improve battery recycling in low and middle-income countries.

The Guiding Principles:

1. Support responsible battery manufacturing and recycling by placing environmental health and safety excellence at the heart of our operations.

2. Promote the sound management of lead exposure and emissions by setting continuous improvement targets and sharing best practices.

3. Adopt responsible sourcing policies for lead-containing materials, seek to identify risks in the supply chain, and use our influence to promote best practices for EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) performance in suppliers’ operations.

4. Minimize the environmental impact of our products by encouraging the development of programs that ensure effective collection, transportation and environmentally sound recycling of used lead batteries.

5. Adopt business practices that consider the communities impacted by our operations, respect the human and labor rights of our employees and work against corruption in all its forms.

6. Proactively engage key stakeholders in an open and transparent manner.

7. Partner with key stakeholders and government agencies to share our expertise and promote environmentally sound recycling of lead batteries in low and medium-income countries.

A taskforce of the associations will oversee the project which will include setting measures for member companies to assess their performance and ensure they are aligned with the guiding principles.

Additional resources will be provided to continue outreach and best practice sharing in low and middle-income countries alongside the United Nations Environment Programme and with NGOs who are working to reduce the impact of pollution from informal recycling of lead batteries.


1. More information on the voluntary blood lead reduction target to protect worker health can be found here.

Notes to editors:
1. The memorandum of co-operation signed last year can be found here.

2. For more information please contact the following media offices:

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East Penn Manufacturing Co. Receives Industry Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 31, 2020

LYONS, PA – East Penn Manufacturing Co. has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2020. The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association). This is the fifth consecutive year that East Penn Manufacturing Co. has earned the MVS Award. This industry Award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, East Penn Manufacturing Co. was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to the distributor companies who do business with them. In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety and documenting a program that “gives back,” MVS Award winners have demonstrated an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

East Penn is honored to again receive the MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award,” stated Doug Bouquard, GM and VP of Sales, Motive Power Division. “Achieving this award five years in a row is an amazing accomplishment and is only possible through the continued commitment of our employees, our independently owned North American dealer network, and the customers we serve.” Bouquard added, “We are proud to share this award with everyone that continues to demonstrate the Deka Difference.”

“Achievement of MHEDA’s MVS status represents members who have demonstrated a commitment to their business and its employees, their industry and also to the communities within which they serve,” said Mike Vaughn, 2019 MHEDA Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of Liftech Equipment Companies in East Syracuse, NY.

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories 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, ISO/TS 16949:2009, and ISO 14001:2015 requirements. For more information, visit the company website at

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the premier trade association dedicated to serving all segments of the material handling business community. MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business. Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices. For more information, visit

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John "Duke" R. Pierson Passes Away at 83

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, January 27, 2020

John “Duke” Pierson joined his beloved wife, Celine Pierson (nee Schallhorn) in eternal life on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the age of 83. Loving father and father-in-law of Carolyn (Francisco) Benitez, Leslie (Mark) Dahl, and Beth (Jerry) Ratway. Amazing grandpa to Amanda (Emil), Alyson (Radovon), Breanna (Khalid), Travis (Megan), Tyler (Jamie) and Emma. Cherished great grandpa to Jayden, Lily, Alijana, Armani, Khalea and Olivia. Further survived by his loving sister Nancy Pierson and sister-in-law Jean Schallhorn. Also survived by nephews and nieces, other relatives and many good friends.

John was a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He built an unprecedented career with Globe Union/Johnson Controls over 38 years. His work in the field is renowned across the world. He was an avid bowler, golfer and gardener. He enjoyed time with his family, travel with his wife, family and friends, wintering in Florida and summer retreats to St Germain. Visitation Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Mother of Perpetual Help Church (Immaculate Heart of Mary Campus – 1212 S. 117th St.) 11AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 1PM. Private interment St. Joseph Cemetery – Waukesha. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association appreciated.

"You will always be loved, remembered and missed"

To send flowers to the family of John "Duke" R. Pierson, please visit Tribute Store. Learn more about the visitation here.

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Save the Date: Lead Battery Industry Returns to Capitol Hill February 12

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 24, 2020

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