July 16, 2020: Korean battery firm Hankook AtlasBX’s new manufacturing plant should be operational and making batteries by the end of the year at its site in Clarksville, Tennessee, the local paper Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported on July 10.
The firm, which made its first AGM battery in Korea in 2005, now makes a range of industrial and automotive batteries with the technology. It has been reported that the Clarksville site will produce 2.4 million batteries a year. The company says it will make standard sealed maintenance-free batteries, with a dedicated line for AGM batteries.
BESB reported in November 2018 that the firm had been given the go-ahead to open a plant, the first for five years with the previous one being in the state of Georgia in 2013.
It will also be the first plant in the US to be built and operated by Hankook AtlasBX, a sister company of Hankook Tire, which already has a plant just opposite the new battery factory.
The Leaf-Chronicle quoted Frank Tate, executive director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, as saying the Korean company was adding staff to the site every day while testing equipment and procedures.
Tate said that since trial production runs had been carried out, beginning last autumn, the county’s air monitors had not detected any air lead concentrations outside the federal Environment Protection Agency and National Ambient Air Quality Standards.