Johnson Controls opens battery technology center

Milwaukee, July 26, 2011 Johnson Controls, Inc. opened its newly renovated Battery Technology Center and Battery Test Facility at its Power Solutions headquarters in Glendale, Wis.

More than 46,000 square feet of existing labs and office space was redesigned in the Battery Technology Center to enhance labs used to support mass battery production for Johnson Controls customers.

The renovation was supported in part by the $299 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act matching grant Johnson Controls received in 2009. In addition to the expansion enabled by the stimulus matching grant, Johnson Controls also made R&D equipment and scientific investments, including new labs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The newly renovated facility features the most high-tech equipment available, including a CT Scanner, X-ray Diffractometer and Dry Room. The renovation marks the first time the facility has been majorly overhauled since 1983.

The Battery Test Facility, which was built in 2007, was also re-designed. Its size increased by 50 percent to 9,000 square feet and equipment was installed for testing of advanced batteries in extreme conditions such as heat, cold and vibrations.

The ARRA grant and Johnson Controls' matching investment have so far created 60 jobs at the company's Power Solutions headquarters in Glendale, as well as 75 jobs in Holland, Mich., at the company's Johnson Controls-Saft Lithium-Ion manufacturing and pack assembly facility for hybrid and electric vehicle batteries. At full capacity, that facility will employ more than 320 people.

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