EaglePicher Technologies, a leading producer of batteries for the defense industry, has opened its new Lithium Ion Center of Excellence in Joplin, Missouri. The 100,000 sq. ft. facility is expected to be up and running in 2017 and the company plans to add more than 170 new jobs to the region over the coming years.
“I think the people of EaglePicher are extremely proud to be showing you what is truly a world-class facility here in Joplin, Missouri,” said Gordon Walker, president of EaglePicher Technologies. “This is absolutely a tremendous asset for EaglePicher, for the city of Joplin and actually for the United States in general.”
Batteries developed by EaglePicher and its subsidiaries power the International Space Station, the Hubble Telescope, launched the Juno spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter, and helped set the Curiosity on Mars in 2012.
That work and more will continue in the Joplin, Missouri, center, as battery systems could be built for the aircraft market, the U.S. military and the field of medicine, Walker stated.
“There is a tremendous future ahead of this facility, and when we look forward to the things that this building is going to do and going to enable us to do, it is absolutely tremendous,” Walker said.
With its strategic location, globally connected infrastructure, economic diversity, competitive business and labor costs, highly-skilled and hard working talent and a statewide commitment to attracting companies and investment, Missouri is a place where companies come to grow and thrive.