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Battery recycling project takes root

USA – Ground-breaking ceremonies have been held in respect of a US$ 150 million battery recycling plant at Florence. South Carolina-based Johnson Controls, which makes lead-acid batteries for the automotive industry, first announced plans for the new plant in 2009.Company officials claim this will be the first new plant of its type in America for around 20 years.
The Florence Recycling Center, slated for completion during 2012 and to be operated by JCI’s power solutions business, represents a capital investment of more than US$150 million, the company said. It will create an estimated 250 new jobs and approximately 1,000 indirect jobs in the area. The facility is the first facility of its kind to receive an air permit in the United States in nearly 20 years.

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