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Cirba Solutions Plans Richland County, South Carolina, Lithium-ion Battery Materials Campus

Cirba Solutions, a comprehensive battery management and materials company, will establish its integrated lithium-ion battery materials campus in Richland County, South Carolina. The $300 million project is expected to create more than 300 jobs.

Located at Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia the approximately 400,000-square-foot campus will focus on processing end-of-life hybrid and EV batteries and gigafactory scrap to extract critical materials such as nickel, cobalt and lithium. These key metals will provide enough premium recycled battery-grade metal salts to power over 500,000 electric vehicles batteries annually. Operations are scheduled for late 2024.

"The state of South Carolina and Richland County have been tremendous partners in supporting the clean energy sector. We are proud to bring this battery materials mega-site that will create generational jobs to the state and support an amazing community as well as show our commitment to provide sustainably sourced domestic battery grade raw materials for cathode production in North America,” said Cirba Solutions President and CEO David Klanecky.

As an incentive the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $3 million Set-Aside grant to Richland County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.

“Cirba Solutions’ announcement in Richland County reinforces that South Carolina is ready for the new era of the automotive industry. The company’s EV battery recycling facility will not only support a sustainable supply chain, but it will also create incredible opportunities throughout the state,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

For over 30 years, Cirba Solutions has paved the way for a sustainable closed-loop battery supply chain. The company is planning to invest over $1 billion in the sector over the next five years, to expand the infrastructure required to meet the growing demand for critical materials needed for EV lithium-ion batteries.

“Today’s announcement reinforces what we have all been watching locally and statewide, the electric vehicle industry is poised to succeed here. As the industry’s presence grows, so does the need for companies like Cirba Solutions. Today, we celebrate Cirba Solutions’ future as part of the Richland County community and commend our partners in the county on this win,” added Central SC Alliance Chairman Matthew Shaffer.

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