ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, announced the opening of a new production facility in Joplin, Missouri. The new facility is dedicated to manufacturing its initial line of rechargeable nickel zinc (NiZn) batteries, and is expected to bring over 100 jobs to the region.
“We’re fighting for more jobs and higher pay in Missouri and companies like ZAF Energy Systems are stepping up. They’re creating 100 quality jobs at their new manufacturing plant in Joplin,” said Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. “We’re getting results. Companies are recognizing that Missouri is open for business, and Missourians are ready to work. This is a great opportunity for families in Joplin.”
ZAF is expanding its production capacity to rapidly “seed the market” and drive demand for its NiZn battery as a replacement for lead-acid batteries in key market segments. The additional production capability will enable the company to meet growing customer demand, which will accelerate licensing and joint venture negotiations and commercialize NiZn batteries on a global scale.
“We just weren’t able to keep up with the demand with the capacity we had in Montana,” said ZAF President and CEO Randy Moore. “The new production facility in Joplin will drastically scale up production to several thousand batteries per month, enabling us to keep pace with growing demand while also refining manufacturing processes and accelerating development efforts. The end result will be a turnkey engineering package we can deliver to manufacturers with customer demand already built into the equation.”
ZAF’s NiZn batteries have potential uses in a wide range of applications including: automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy, and marine. The Joplin facility is expected to dramatically expand ZAF’s current production capacity.
“We are excited that ZAF Energy Systems has selected Joplin to expand their operations,” said Mike Seibert, mayor of Joplin. “Having worked with their CEO Randy Moore for nearly a decade, I have a high level of confidence that ZAF will provide the quality jobs we are looking for in our community.”
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