Exide Technologies unveils $35 million manufacturing facility in Platte County

PCEDC Staff News

Kansas City, MO —  Exide Technologies (www.exide.com), a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets, has invested more than $35 million in a 180,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art punched grid manufacturing site in Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri. The grids produced in this new site will significantly enhance the production, quality and durability of Exide automotive batteries in North America and will add up to 50 new jobs to the Kansas City economy.

“We are winning new business and growing market share necessitating strategic investments like this one that bring value to our customers and meet their need for high-performance batteries,” said Vic Koelsch, President and CEO of Exide Technologies. “With this new facility, we are bringing improved quality and operational efficiency improvements that serve to increase our capacity significantly which, in turn, positions Exide for continued growth in the automotive and industrial battery markets.”

The Kansas City site, the most advanced of its kind, utilizes a high precision punching process to ensure grid quality and eliminates grid variability. Exide’s enhanced punched grid manufacturing technology and unique grid design increases battery performance and reliability, meeting the unique and evolving battery needs of today’s most technologically advanced vehicles.

“The Platte County Economic Development Council is pleased to welcome Exide Technologies and commend their investment and job creation,” said Alicia Stephens, Executive Director of the Platte County EDC. “The KCI Corridor continues to attract quality businesses and we look forward to working with Exide Technologies as they grow in Platte County”

“Kansas City is the ideal location for our punched grid manufacturing center of excellence given its proximity to key Exide customers and our existing manufacturing facilities as well as access to an experienced local workforce,” Koelsch added. “We look forward to developing a strong relationship with the community as we expand our operational footprint in the area.”

The site will have the capacity to produce more than 3 billion grids per year and will supply grids for use in Exide’s transportation products manufactured in Salina, Kansas, Manchester, Iowa, and Columbus, Georgia. These existing manufacturing facilities serve all Exide transportation customers in North America.

About Exide Technologies
Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 129 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Industrial Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward – history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.