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Our History

EaglePicher has a rich history dating back to 1843 as the White Lead Company and later the Eagle White Lead Works in Cincinnati, Ohio. A merger with the Picher Lead Company of Joplin, Missouri, occurred in 1906, becoming Eagle-Picher Lead, which evolved into Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc., and finally EaglePicher Technologies.

Through mergers and acquisitions, it evolved into the industry leader in battery production that it is today. The company's diverse line of products is a testament to its long-standing heritage as a battery manufacturer, which began in 1922. EaglePicher has been a battery supplier to the U.S. Government since the 1940s, and it supplied silver-zinc batteries for missiles and rockets in the 1950s. The company's strategic acquisition of Yardney Technical Products in 2014 has further broadened its portfolio and technical expertise.

  • 2023 - Acquired by Tuthill Corporation
  • 2023 - Awarded Saab Gripen E-series fighter aircraft main and emergency battery development contract 
  • 2022 - Acquires Schott Electronic Packaging
  • 2021 - Provides main power battery for Artemis program
  • 2020 - Powers Mars rover Perseverance
  • 2019 - Awarded Black Shark heavyweight torpedo program
  • 2019 - Names Rich Hunter as chief executive officer
  • 2018 - Supplies high-power battery system for Navy Energy Magazine Laser
  • 2018 - Powers Mars lander InSight
  • 2017 - Awarded battery and charger system for Air Force SHiELD
  • 2017 - Acquires Lithiumstart Inc.
  • 2017 - Delivers High Energy Laser prototype for Apache
  • 2016 - Powers OSIRIS-REx spacecraft
  • 2015 - Rapid Innovation Funding awarded to develop Joint Strike Fighter battery
  • 2015 - Awarded Navy Energy Storage System for HELIOS
  • 2015 - Breaks ground on new Lithium-Ion Center of Excellence facility
  • 2014 - Awarded Title III joint-development funding by the DoD for lithium ion batteries
  • 2014 - Acquires Yardney Technical Products
  • 2014 - FDA approves Contego lithium-ion battery for neuromodulation
  • 2014 - Provides main power battery on Orion crew vehicle
  • 2012 - Designs new carbon monofluoride (CFx) and manganese dioxide (MnO2) cells used in U.S. clinical trails  
  • 2012 - Develops first human implantable leadless pacemaker battery  
  • 2011 - Supplies power to Mars rover Curiosity
  • 2011 - Produces the first implantable leadless pacemaker battery
  • 2008 - Receives FDA approval for miniature lithium-ion battery
  • 2007 - Powers Mars lander Phoenix
  • 2007 - Opens new state-of-the-art lithium-ion facility in Joplin
  • 2004 - Develops first human implanted lithium-ion cell
  • 2004 - First manganese dioxide (MnO2) cell qualified for implantable cardioverter defibrillators in Europe
  • 2003 - Supplies power for the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity
  • 2002 - Powers Atlas V launch systems
  • 2000 - FDA approves primary cell for implantable cardiac monitor
  • 2000 - Delivers first lithium ion battery for military aircraft, the B-2
  • 2000 - Acquires BlueStar Battery Systems
  • 1998 - Provides primary power for the  International Space Station
  • 1995 - Created a new technologies division by combining its electronics division with its specialty materials division and directs its attention to creating power systems for space satellites
  • 1991 - Powers first Tomahawk Cruise missile
  • 1990 - Powers Javelin missile program
  • 1981 - Powers Columbia shuttle launch
  • 1976 - Powers first Patriot missiles
  • 1976 - Purchase Elmac, a mining supply company and Pritchett Engineering, a precision machining company serving the petroleum industry
  • 1973 - Acquires the Johnson Manufacturing Company, Faulkner Concrete Pipe and Plas Chem, an anticorrosion chemical company
  • 1970 - Provides power solutions for safe return of Apollo 13 astronauts
  • 1969 - Acquires the Ross Pattern and Foundry Company a manufacturer of aluminum castings for the automotive, electronics and aerospace industries
  • 1966 - Changes name from the Eagle-Picher Company to Eagle-Picher Industries
  • 1960 - Powers Atlas launch systems
  • 1958 - Powers Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite in space
  • 1952 - Acquires the Ohio Rubber Company of Willoughby, Ohio
  • 1947 - Begins production of germanium, the first semiconducting material, essential to the invention of the transistor and the development of solid state electronics
  • 1940 - Powers Navy torpedoes
  • 1925 - Expands production through the purchase the Ontario Smelting Company of Hockerville, Oklahoma
  • 1922 - Develops highly efficient lead batteries
  • 1906 - Merges with the Picher Lead Company, of Joplin, Missouri, becoming Eagle-Picher Lead
  • 1889 - Changes name to Picher Leads Co.
  • 1874 - Picher Zinc Co. founded in Joplin, MO
  • 1858 - Changes the name to Eagle White Lead Works
  • 1843 - E. & S. J. Conkling Company founded in Cincinnati, OH

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