Exide launches battery geared toward longer life
Exide Technologies unveiled its newest battery technology and new manufacturing operation at its Columbus, Georgia facility.
Exide® Edge™ Absorbed Glass Mat batteries feature SureLife™ Graphite Technology designed to maximize available energy capacity – helping batteries perform at higher levels longer. Exide Edge began shipping to aftermarket retailers in March.
Exide expanded its manufacturing facility to produce the new battery, bringing new jobs and making a significant investment at its Columbus location.
The expanded operation means new jobs for Columbus and Georgia. The facility anticipates employing approximately 250 people when it reaches full production early in 2013. Already, 60 new jobs have been added to Exide’s Columbus payroll, which currently totals 145 employees.
The Columbus plant is Exide’s first AGM automotive battery operation in the U.S. and becomes a “truly integrated battery manufacturing facility,” making transportation and industrial batteries at the same location, according to Paul Hirt, president, Exide Americas.
The new advanced manufacturing operation is a part of a broader $70 million production expansion project for Exide. This investment has been supported in part by $34.3 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA of 2009).