SOURCE: EaglePicher Technologies, LLC

March 06, 2007 08:00 ET

EaglePicher Technologies Opens New Joplin, Missouri and Pittsburg, Kansas Facilities

New Buildings Feature State-of-the-Art Equipment and Processes

JOPLIN, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 -- Steve Westfall, President of EaglePicher Technologies, today announced that the company has opened two new facilities for operations: the lithium-ion (Li-Ion) facility located in Joplin, MO and the automated thermal battery facility in Pittsburg, KS.

As announced in late 2006, the new $10.5 million, 24,000 square foot Li-Ion development and production facility, located in the Crossroads Industrial Park in Joplin, will produce lithium-ion products with cell/battery capacities up to 400-ampere hours, in either a prismatic or cylindrical wound format. Li-Ion technology has tremendous growth potential in military, aerospace, aviation, transportation, portable power and the implantable medical battery industries.

The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility contains mixing, coating, calendaring, blanking, stacking, activation, x-ray, testing and material diagnostic equipment. Included are dry and clean rooms for critical process steps with dedicated air handling systems for each process. It will also have a full diagnostic laboratory on-site, paperless tracking of all cell and battery build and performance data, PLC capability and bar coding for all process steps.

The building is designed for "Lean Manufacturing" standards and it also has special security features.

Pittsburg, Kansas

The 30,000 square foot Pittsburg, Kansas automated thermal battery facility has also opened for operations. It was announced in May of 2006 and was built by Tri-State Building. EaglePicher is currently using about 20,000 square foot of the available space. The remainder will be used for future expansion. The facility is situated on 8 acres of land.

Currently about 30 highly skilled, flexible and team oriented employees work at the site using the latest state-of-the-art automated controls, presses and stackers designed by EaglePicher Technologies. EaglePicher is the only company in the world that manufactures thermal batteries on an automated production line. Patents are pending for the unique automated process equipment. In addition, digital x-ray and testing equipment is used to produce the highly specialized batteries.

Like the Li-Ion Facility the process areas use "Lean Manufacturing" standards. The work areas are "dry" with a relative humidity of less than 1%. Dedicated air handling for each process is used, and each dry room area is access controlled.

"We are very proud of both of these facilities," said Mr. Westfall. "They demonstrate the technological innovation for which EaglePicher Technologies is known, and we believe they add real value to the communities in which we work. Both are up and running on schedule thanks to the hard work of our engineering teams and the cooperation and support of our community."

Tours of both facilities will be provided to customers attending today's EaglePicher Technologies Battery Workshop.

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, an EaglePicher company, is the leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, and provides the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the United States. EaglePicher Technologies offers a wide range of battery technology including thermal, nickel hydrogen, lithium carbon monofluoride, lithium thionyl chloride, lithium manganese dioxide, lithium sulfur dioxide, lithium ion, reserve lithium oxyhalide, custom battery assemblies and silver zinc batteries. They also provide advanced battery chargers and other power solutions for business, industrial and recreational applications. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, MO. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com.

EaglePicher Corporation, based in Inkster, Mich., operates businesses in 8 industries: automotive, defense, space, commercial power, nuclear, semi-conductors, filtration, and medical. In addition to EaglePicher Technologies, its companies include Hillsdale Automotive, LLC; Wolverine Advanced Materials, LLC; EP Boron, LLC; EaglePicher Medical Power, and EP Minerals, LLC. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com

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