Joplin, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon today joined local officials and company leaders of EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a leading producer of batteries and energy devices, to break ground on the company’s new 100,000 square-foot facility at its headquarters in Joplin. The expansion is expected to create 171 new jobs for the region.
“This significant expansion by a long-standing Missouri company is a testament to the pro-growth climate we have in our state, with a highly skilled workforce and a strong commitment to fiscal discipline,” Gov. Nixon said. “Six years ago our Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth identified the energy industry as an area worthy of focus, and today our work continues to pay off in new jobs, opportunities and investments here in Joplin and across the state.”
Operating in Joplin since1875, EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an OM Group company, has been a longtime industry leader in integrated power solutions and currently serves defense, aerospace, medical, commercial, alternative energy storage, and oil and gas industries.
“We’re grateful for the longtime support the state of Missouri has given to EaglePicher,” said Randy Moore, President of EaglePicher Technologies. “As our business continues to grow, we see the real value of building in Joplin. This expansion opportunity bolsters our company’s competitive strength, while providing a number of new, cutting-edge jobs benefiting Joplin and neighboring communities.”
EaglePicher also provides custom battery assemblies, battery management systems, pyrotechnic devices and custom power solutions for a variety of applications. The company’s new facility will be an expansion of its existing facility at the Crossroads Industrial Park and will feature state-of-the-art equipment and production areas to accommodate increased capacity.
“We are excited about this expansion of Eagle Picher. As a strong leader in our community, this expansion exemplifies their commitment to the Lithium-Ion technology as well as to the solid work force and positive atmosphere they possess,” Joplin Mayor Michael Seibertsaid. “Because of their fortitude, they are bringing new jobs to Joplin, and we applaud them for being a strong partner and providing a growing field with new opportunities for our area.”
The company’s new Lithium-Ion Center of Excellence facility will house work for new Lithium-Ion cell and battery product lines and is expected to be completed by December 2015. In addition to approximately 15 construction jobs that are expected to be created in the area, EaglePicher plans to recruit dozens of engineers, manufacturers, and quality control specialists to begin work on the new Lithium-Ion cell line sometime in the second or third quarter of 2016.
Growing the energy solutions industry has been a central focus of Gov. Nixon’s efforts to boost North American energy independence and create jobs.
In 2009, Gov. Nixon signed landmark legislation that gives electric utilities an incentive to increase energy efficiency. The Governor also signed an executive order directing state agencies to reduce energy use by two percent each year, which has resulted in a more than 22 percent energy reduction in the past six years.
In 2013, the Governor transferred the Division of Energy to the Department of Economic Development (DED) to streamline business resources. Last year, Gov. Nixon signed an executive order tasking the Division of Energy with developing a comprehensive statewide energy plan to chart a course toward a sustainable and prosperous energy future.
During his visit to EaglePicher today, Gov. Nixon also presented company President Randy Moore with the Flag of Freedom, recognizing the company’s commitment to hiring veterans through Missouri’s Show-Me Heroes program. Established by Gov. Nixon in January 2010, the Show-Me Heroes program is designed to connect military veterans with job opportunities when they return home from service. To date, more than 4,271 Missouri businesses have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge and have reported hiring more than 7,499 highly-skilled, highly-trained job seekers who have served in the military.
The Flag of Freedom Award consists of a plaque featuring an American flag patch from the combat uniform of a member of the Missouri National Guard worn while that Citizen-Soldier or Airman was deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since taking the pledge in 2013, EaglePicher has hired seven veterans.
To assist EaglePicher with its expansion in Joplin, DED has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.