DURACELL EXPANDING

Battery components set to add 66 new plant jobs

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 11/26/19

Duracell will soon break ground for an expansion of its Mouse Creek Road production facility, bringing up to 66 new jobs to the area.

According to plant General Manager and Vice …

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DURACELL EXPANDING

Battery components set to add 66 new plant jobs

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Duracell will soon break ground for an expansion of its Mouse Creek Road production facility, bringing up to 66 new jobs to the area.

According to plant General Manager and Vice President Andy Andrews, the $40 million expansion will make way for the production of battery components, which will be shipped to its sister plant in LaGrange, Ga., where they will be utilized in the production of AA and AAA batteries.

The expansion will increase the plant's footprint by 20,000 square feet, adding another 30 full-time positions, as well as 36 contractor jobs to the plant's roster of workers.

“We are expanding our business from a standpoint of just not only manufacturing batteries, but also becoming a component-making manufacturer for Duracell,” Andrews said. "So, we are leveraging that expertise and expanding  to give the company cost savings and innovation by providing AA and AAA battery components to our sister plant."

Andrews said the groundbreaking for the  project will begin in two weeks, with production planned to start by June.

Currently, the 190,000 square-foot plant's 157 employees manufacture C and D batteries.

“We’re the only Duracell plant that produces C and D batteries for the world market,” Andrews said.

Cleveland-based Tri-Con Inc., will be constructing the plant's expansion.

Duracell Inc., headquartered in Bethel, Conn., employs 3,330 people worldwide, according to its website.

Last year, the company shuttered its Stuart Road packing plant. The decision to cease operations there was the result of a plan to consolidate parts of the company, making its supply chain more efficient. The decision resulted in shrinking Duracell's Cleveland workforce by 140 jobs.

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