EaglePicher Breaks Ground on Lithium Ion Center for Excellence Facility

March 19, 2015 - Today Federal, State and local officials joined together with EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, and their honored guests to officially break ground on the Lithium Ion Center for Excellence. EaglePicher is the leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries.

This expansion comes as a result from the $22 million award in funding by the U.S. Department of Defense for military-related applications. This 100,000-plus square-foot facility will be built as an expansion to our current facility housed at the Crossroads Industrial Park in Joplin, Missouri, housing state-of-the-art equipment and production areas to accommodate the large-scale production of Lithium-ion cells and batteries for U.S. Military critical applications.

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As a leading battery manufacturer with a legacy of supplying U.S. military needs, EaglePicher is poised to assist the industry by providing a timely, reliable supply of Li-Ion materials and products. The Li-Ion Center for Excellence will provide the high-volume production of critical items identified as essential for national defense, alleviating concerns regarding market volatility and uncertainty within the current international market. EaglePicher anticipates this new facility creating 30-plus jobs for the area once the building phase is complete.

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About EaglePicher Technologies, LLC EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an OM Group company, has been a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for more than one hundred years, currently serving the defense, aerospace, medical, commercial, grid energy storage, and oil and gas industries. The company provides unmatched experience and capability in battery electrochemistry. EaglePicher also provides custom battery assemblies, battery management systems, pyrotechnic devices and custom power solutions. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, Mo., and is ISO9001:2008 and AS9100C certified. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com

About OM Group, Inc.

OM Group is a technology-driven diversified industrial company serving attractive global markets, including automotive systems, electronic devices, aerospace, industrial and renewable energy. Its business platforms use innovation and technology to address customers' complex applications and demanding requirements. For more information, visit www.omgi.com