14 February 2019: Surrette Battery, the Canadian deep cycle lead battery manufacturer, has won a C$2.5 million ($1.9 million) federal loan to expand its production facility in Springhill, Nova Scotia.
The 2,300m2 expansion will include advanced robotics and automation to increase production and capacity, although the company did not say by how much. Some 18 new staff will be hired, bringing the company total to 100.
Once the equipment is installed, the provincial business development agency Nova Scotia Business Inc will give C$1.2 million to Surrette in the form of an ‘Innovation Rebate’.
This is a programme that can provide up to 25% of the costs of eligible projects that meet certain criteria, such as increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or the adoption of new technologies and business processes.
“For the past three years, Surrette Battery has had significant year-on-year growth in the renewable energy, rail and motive power sectors,” said president and CEO James Surrette.
“Although Canada remains a growing market for us, we have expanded our distribution network to more than 35 countries from the port of Halifax. Our expansion project will allow our facility to meet current demand while improving the efficiency of overall operations and enable further growth.”
Surrette Battery has been making deep cycle lead acid batteries for marine, railway, renewable energy and motive power applications for 60 years.
BESB reported in November that its Rolls brand of batteries had been installed on the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle to provide the island with battery-backed energy storage.