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Maker of battery components to expand in Kings Mountain

A Kings Mountain manufacturer of battery materials will hold a grand opening ceremony June 29 for a plant expansion company executives say could make them a hub of the lithium battery industry.

Chemetall Foote Corp., a subsidiary of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. that produces lithium salts and metals for batteries, broke ground on the $56.8 million expansion last spring. Besides a larger manufacturing facility, the project also includes a technology center for research and development.

The expansion of the Chemetall plant is expected to add 5,000 metric tons in production capacity and lead to advances in lithium battery technology for electric cars.

The expansion was funded in part by a $28.4 million grant from the Department of Energy under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.


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