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The Doe Run Company Cuts Mine Production

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, February 1, 2016

The Doe Run Company Cuts Mine Production

St. Louis - The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) today announced it will reduce mine production at its Missouri lead mining district for 2016, effective immediately. This represents an annual reduction of approximately 20,000 tons of lead-contained in concentrates and lesser amounts of zine and copper. 

Doe Run owns and operates the world's second largest lead mining district, which is located in southeast Missouri. 

Joe Hansen, vice president - sales and marketing for Doe Run, said, "Our reduced production represents about 10 percent of the lead-contained output we normally produce in a year. We will work with our customers over the next several days to make necessary adjustments in our product delivery." 

"Decisions that impact our workforce and customers are never easy," stated Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO of Doe Run. "We have taken this action as a result of depressed metal prices and increased operational and regulatory costs. We will continue to explore opportunities to reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies so we can address the changing market."

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Energy Battery Announces Dates and Location for the 2016 Energy Battery Group Annual Meeting and Convention

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 29, 2016

Energy Battery Group, Inc selects Boston, Ma. for its 20th annual meeting and convention.
Marietta, Georgia (PRWEB) January 07, 2016 -- Energy Battery Group, Inc., a global leader in battery manufacturing and distribution, is pleased to announce that its twentieth annual meeting and convention has been scheduled for August 2-6, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. This year’s venue is the Westin Copley Place, an iconic Back Bay Boston Hotel. 

The Energy Battery Group Annual Meeting has evolved into the premier battery show for distributors and manufacturers alike. “Our convention is a great mix of education, networking, discounted buying opportunities, and entertainment,” said Rick Hallock, President of Energy Battery Group. According to Hallock, “Last year alone, Energy Battery Group distributors saved in excess of 1.8 million dollars by placing orders at the show from authorized vendors offering show only discounts.” 

The Energy Battery convention format allows vendors to give small group presentations to each distributor attending. According to John Semenuik, Vice President of NorthStar Battery, “Our sales team is able to meet face-to-face, share what’s new on a first-hand basis, as well as learn what is working and what is not with our partners – which is simply invaluable.” Tammy Cooper, Customer Service Supervisor with Yuasa Battery adds, “This is a great opportunity for us to be able to sit down and spend time with EBG distributors, write orders and discuss our products face-to-face.” 

For Energy Battery Group distributors, the annual meeting provides opportunities to network with their peers, learn about new products, attend seminars on new ways to conduct business in an ever changing business climate, and of course to have fun! The City of Boston, rich in our country’s history, offers numerous opportunities to explore and experience first- hand where America’s fight for freedom began. Distributors are encouraged to bring their families to share in this amazing city and to take part in the first class entertainment provided as part of the convention.

About Energy Battery Group, Inc.
Energy Battery Group was founded in 1996 and is a privately held US company with corporate offices in Marietta Ga., Also maintaining administration offices in Yukon OK. Is currently involved in the manufacturing and distribution of batteries, stored energy products, battery related products & renewable energy. Energy Battery Group now manufactures and distributes products from over 190 distribution centers in the United States, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. Information on the company can be found at

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Registration is Open for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Register for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

 Join over 600 battery industry professionals in San Antonio, May 1-3, for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. Discover new products and innovations, gain insights from industry experts and connect with more than 50 exhibitors.

Members must log in to their BCI account to receive member pricing. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact Gena Parsons


Book Your Housing

Book your room at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Reservations should be made no later than Monday, March 28, 2016. Mention you are with the BCI Convention in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Share Your Innovations

Submissions are now open for The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award! The award will celebrate innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry. The deadline to submit is February 12, 2016. 

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BCI's New Look

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, December 28, 2015
Battery Council International (BCI) has opened a new chapter. A new brand identity was unveiled and, the introduction of a new logo celebrates the recyclability of lead batteries and communicates our industry's global nature. This new logo represents the dynamic, innovative nature of the lead battery industry, commonly assumed to be stagnant and mature. Our members are proud of lead batteries' image as a solid, steadfast product, and BCI's new brand showcases their clean, sturdy makeup and cradle to cradle design.

The new brand is evident in the launch of our new website, which is designed to serve the needs of members, general industry constituents and consumers. The reorganization of the members' only side of the site allows BCI members to easily access BCI's member directory, white papers, committee minutes, regulatory and legislative updates, an archive of The Energy Beacon, statistical reports and other useful industry materials. Industry members can quickly obtain information on environmental regulations, state recycling laws and the most recent recycling rate study. The newest addition to the website is a link to a consumer microsite catering to the needs of your customers. The site serves as a one stop shop for consumers and answers questions such as "what is a lead battery?" and "are lead batteries safe?" within an easy to navigate site. I encourage you to link back to BCI's new website and consumer microsite from your company's page.   

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to BCI, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a successful year in 2016 as our organization continues to build on the momentum of our constantly evolving industry!

Mark O. Thorsby
Executive Vice President
Battery Council International

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Save the Date for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Join us May 1-3, 2016 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. It is the place to gain cutting-edge industry information, engage in face-to-face conversations with exhibitors and network with 600+ industry professionals. Registration will open in January 2016. 

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Leaflet Warns of Risk Lithium-Ion Batteries Pose Safety for the Lead Battery Recycling Industry

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, December 14, 2015

For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager  | tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090

An information leaflet setting out the dangers of lithium-ion batteries entering the lead battery recycling process has been published.

The warning, which will be distributed to battery collectors, handlers and sorters, across Europe and North America, highlights the serious risk of fire and explosions if lithium batteries enter the lead battery collection and recycling process. The problem of identification between the battery chemistries is made particularly difficult as lithium and lead batteries can appear similar, especially when received in pallets or bins containing thousands of used batteries.

The joint initiative by the lead recycling and battery industries of North America and Europe, including the International Lead Association (ILA), the industrial and automotive battery manufacturing and recycling associations of Battery Council International (BCI) and Europe (EUROBAT) and the Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR), advises that lithium batteries should not be sent to lead recyclers and that an approved facility should be used for treatment and recycling this battery chemistry.

The leaflet is urgently needed as companies that operate secondary lead smelters have experienced an increase in the number of lithium-ion batteries mixed into deliveries of used lead-based batteries received as feedstock for their recycling process. Due to the chemical composition of lithium-ion batteries, if not properly handled, fires and explosions can occur during transport, storage, battery breaking and smelting processes of used lead-based batteries.

"Sadly a number of significant safety incidents have now been reported that have highlighted the risk to property, but more importantly the safety of employees," said ILA Regulatory Director, Dr. Steve Binks.

The leaflet includes tips to help identify battery types:

  • Read the label - Look out for the Pb symbol on lead batteries or the Li symbol on lithium batteries. It may also be possible to distinguish the chemistries by their manufacturer.
  • Notice the weight difference - Although they have similar dimensions lithium batteries are much lighter than lead batteries.

Rene Schroeder, EUROBAT EU Affairs Manager, said: "Communicating to all partners in the supply chain is essential to guarantee the safe handling of batteries at their end-of-life. Labelling of automotive and industrial batteries based on color-codes will be also an important tool to help collectors, sorters and recyclers to easily identify the different battery chemistries."

Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice President of BCI said: "The lead battery industry has the most successful recycling program in the world. In no way do we want to jeopardize our success or compromise our commitment to sustainability. Preventing lithium-ion batteries from entering the lead battery recycling process is critical to achieving that outcome."

"The introduction of lithium-ion batteries, which are commingled with lead batteries, has and will continue to represent a serious threat to the environment and employees' safety unless there is a successful campaign by upstream suppliers to divert such batteries from lead recycling facilities," said Dick Amistadi, President of the ABR.

Current labelling requirements serve to identify the heavy metal content of batteries and not the electrochemical system. A solution is now being developed to allow better identification of different battery chemistries in the US through the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) through proposals to develop standardised colour-coded labelling.

Notes to editors

About ILA

The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. 

ILA takes a leadership role in promoting responsible care and educating society about the benefits of lead for today's and future generations. Recent studies have shown that lead-based batteries achieve a recycling rate of 99% in the EU and USA.


EUROBAT is association for the European manufacturers automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has 52 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility, renewable energy storage and demand response services.

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies - a total of approximately 250 companies and 35,000 employees. For more information, visit

About Association of Battery Recyclers

ABR is a group of companies involved in lead battery recycling. The members of the association share a dedication to environmental and community responsibility. We are committed to upholding all applicable laws and regulations for the safety of the public, our employees and the environment.

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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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