Events | May 10, 2023

U.S. Battery Briefing

U.S. Battery Briefing

May 10, 2023 — Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET, Longworth House Office Building, Room 1539

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This briefing brought together top experts from the U.S. battery industry to share key insights on the critical role of domestic manufacturing in meeting the growing demand for energy storage and supporting a low-carbon future. The discussion explored the need for a diversified battery industry to ensure a secure supply chain for critical materials, as well as opportunities for innovation, infrastructure development, workforce training, and grid resiliency.
 
To realize the full potential of the U.S. battery industry, supportive government policies and investment will be crucial. The briefing therefore addressed the importance of federal policies that promote domestic battery manufacturing and encouraged investment in research and development.
 
For additional information — contact Lisa Dry at Ldry@batterycouncil.org
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Opening Remarks

Representative Dan Meuser
Representative Dan Meuser

Representing Pennsylvania’s 9th District

Representative Dan Meuser is a conservative business leader who brings his experience as a proven job creator to Congress. He recently introduced the USA Batteries Act to support the U.S. battery industry and ensure this U.S. manufacturing sector remains competitive without unfair competition from offshore competitors.

The congressman joined Pride Mobility Products in 1988, a small healthcare products manufacturer that the helped grow into a worldwide industry leader in power mobility products; he served as president of Pride USA for seven years.

In 2019, Representative Meuser was sworn in as a member of the 116th Congress. He currently serves on the House Financial Services and Small Business Committees. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access for the Small Business Committee.

He attended the New York Maritime University as well as Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

Panel Members

Pete Stanislawczyk East Penn
Pete Stanislawczyk

Domestic Supply Chain, Role of Batteries in Automobiles

Executive Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer, East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Pete Stanislawczyk currently serves as Executive Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer at East Penn Manufacturing Co.   In this role, he is responsible for East Penn’s sales and sales operations. He began his career at East Penn in 1992 and has held various positions of increased responsibility.

Pete holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Delaware and participated in post graduate studies at the University of New Haven. He has also earned an Executive Certificate of Leadership from Lehigh University’s Vistex Institute for Executive Learning.

Headquartered in Lyon Station, Pennsylvania, East Penn operates the largest single-site lead battery manufacturing facility in the world with additional facilities in Corydon, Iowa. The company processes more than 30,000 batteries daily, and recycles virtually 100% of each spent battery received for processing. The company has been recognized for lead recycling, plastics recycling, and wastewater treatment. East Penn built the battery industry’s first acid reclamation plant and were the first to hold exclusive patents for that process. Their vertically integrated capabilities encompass every facet of battery production and the reclamation process.

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Kim Medford ENTEK International
Kimberly Medford

Government Support of Domestic Manufacturing; Workforce Development

President, ENTEK International

Kimberly Medford joined ENTEK in 2012 as the company’s VP & General Counsel.  During her tenure, she has led the company’s legal, HR and EH&S departments.  She has been part of ENTEK’s executive management team since joining the company.  In both her role as VP & General Counsel and now as President, she has been deeply engaged in ENTEK’s global growth through mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and new production facilities.  Kim is directly involved with major customer and supplier relationships across the ENTEK family of companies.

Kim is a graduate of Willamette University and Willamette University College of Law.

Lebanon, Oregon is the headquarters for ENTEK International. The company recently announced its investment in a new $1.5 billion facility in Terre Haute, Indiana. The facility is fueled in part by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure. Law. The company also operates in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Japan and China. The company produces battery separators for batteries to support electric, advanced start-stop and standard vehicles as well as industrial batteries for utility scale energy storage.

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Mark Matthews

Energy Storage and Battery Diversification

Senior Vice President – Specialty Global, EnerSys

Mark Matthews has served as EnerSys’ Senior Vice President Specialty Global since July 2020. Prior thereto, he served as Vice President, EnerSys Advance Systems since January 2017, and Senior Director of Sales and Marketing from September 2016 to January 2017. Mark has over 25 years of experience in energy storage and battery technology. He started his career as a lithium battery engineer and has worked various engineering, sales and operational leadership roles within the battery industry before joining EnerSys in 2016.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management with an emphasis in chemical engineering, from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

EnerSys is the largest industrial battery manufacturer in the world, operating manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide for customers in over 100 countries. Worldwide and Americas headquarters are located in Reading, Pennsylvania, with regional headquarters in Zug, Switzerland and Singapore.

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Terry Murphy
Terry Murphy

Energy Storage and the Grid 

President & CEO, Hammond Group, Inc.

Terry began his career as a development engineer on the Space Shuttle Main Engine and spent the next 30 years managing complex aerospace systems. His organization developed propulsion and power systems for space exploration and leveraged these core competencies into sustainable energy systems for terrestrial applications. One of these technologies was a Concentrated Solar Power system that utilized Molten Salt as an Energy Storage medium which Terry spun-out in 2007 as the founding CEO. Mr. Murphy continued his interest in Energy Storage as the CEO of the Hammond Group beginning in 2013 and just completed a new production line on a chemical additive which allows the battery manufacturers to simultaneously increase their performance, save significant energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Terry received an Astronautical Engineering degree from Purdue, where he is the recipient of their Outstanding Engineer Award, and a master’s degree in Systems Management from USC. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and was honored as the Businessperson of the Year by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce.

The Hammond Group is Headquartered in Hammond, Indiana. Hammond is the largest independent producer of Specialty Oxides and Performance Additives, with manufacturing operations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, England, and Malaysia. Hammond has over one-hundred proprietary formulas and delivers products to every battery manufacturer in the USA.

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Read More: BEST Magazine and Batteries International news coverage of Terry Murphy’s presentation.

Moderator

Roger Miksad
Roger Miksad

President and Executive Director, Battery Council International

Roger Miksad is the President and Executive Director of Battery Council International, a trade association formed in 1924 to advance the North American battery industry.  He joined BCI in 2020, and today leads the association in representing its members’ interests.  In particular, Mr. Miksad leads BCI’s regulatory and legislative strategy and engagement on all matters, including occupational safety and health, sustainability and environmental issues, government investment, legislative relations, and other matters.  Mr. Miksad served as BCI’s outside legal counsel from 2009 as a Partner at the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP, where he also represented other chemical and consumer products industries.  A graduate of Virginia Tech University, Mr. Miksad holds a Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University.  Mr. Miksad also serves as President of the American Battery Research Group, a subsidiary of BCI that provides pre-competitive research consortium management services.

For additional information — contact Lisa Dry at Ldry@batterycouncil.org

Watch the full recording on the Battery Council International YouTube channel.

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