DuPoint to build facility to make lithium ion battery components

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DuPont is planning to build a facility in Chesterfield to manufacture components for lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles.

The company is spending $20 million to build the operation inside the DiversifiedContractorsInc. building in Chesterfield, close to Dupont’s existing Sprance plant. The facility will make the first nanofiber-based polymeric separators for lithium batteries used in electric vehicles and other commercial purposes. The DuPont Energain separators improve safety by allowing batteries to operate at a higher temperature. This can increase power by 30 percent.

Construction of the facility will create 70 jobs. It will employ 11 permanent technologists within the first 12 to 18 months of operation, according to Terry Gooding, regional public affairs manager for DuPont.

“The decision to locate the facility at this location was based on several factors, starting with the great working relationship we’ve had with the commonwealth for over 80 years,” Gooding said.  The site will it close access to Dupont’s research and development arm.

In addition, the move was cost effective because DiversifiedConvertersInc. is currently operating a Tyvek conversion operation for DuPont, Gooding said.

The facility is expected to be completed by early 2011.

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