October 7, 2021: International battery separator firm ENTEK on October 2 announced the opening of an engineering and manufacturing plant in Nevada, US.
The 98,000ft2 (9,100m2) facility will be fitted with equipment costing about $10 million for the new production, engineering and assembly operations. ENTEK Manufacturing vice president of sales Linda Campbell said the company was experiencing record growth and needed the additional space to keep up with demand.
Nevada was chosen by the company, which is headquartered in Lebanon, Oregon “because it is a growing area of the country with a strong labour market,” said ENTEK Manufacturing president Kim Medford.
“We used an outside firm to do a multi-city survey, and the greater Las Vegas metro area came out first when it came to the availability of skilled labour. This expansion is the first step in what we expect to be a very active period for our company,” she said.
The opening comes a month after ENTEK revealed it had completed a majority stake purchase of the Japanese company NSG’s Battery Separator Division.
“With this strategic acquisition, ENTEK becomes the only separator manufacturer in the world producing all three primary separator technologies (PE, AGM and lithium-ion) for the global energy storage industry,” said CEO Larry Keith.