Florence, South Carolina


Our new facility features a range of advanced and proven environmental control technology. It will enable us to continue to responsibly recycle our customers' used batteries, while maintaining a reliable source of raw material to support battery production.


The facility features world-class environmental controls, and will operate well within federal, state and local regulations including the EPA’s newly released, stringent standards for ambient air. The maximum predicted concentration of lead in the air from our facility will be less than one-half of the newly revised EPA standards.


  • $150 million investment creates 250 new jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs.
  • First facility of its kind to receive an air permit in the United States in 20 years.
  • Production began in September, 2012.

Planning and Grand Opening


Johnson Controls plans to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification of the facility, which includes geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, water reuse and recycling, and natural lighting systems. The company is also integrating the center into the surrounding area by managing habitat for wildlife, participating in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Program and ensuring storm water management.


Johnson Controls broke ground on the $150 million Florence Recycling Center in 2011 after receiving an air permit from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). It follows a thorough and collaborative process involving local and national environmental groups including the Coastal Conservation League (CCL) and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina (LWVSC), along with local community members.


On September 18, Johnson Controls hosted a Grand Opening ceremony to officially open the fully-integrated Florence Recycling Center. Area elected officials, business leaders, community members, and Johnson Controls executives and team members all attended to celebrate the opening of the new facility.


Johnson Controls is proud to expand our presence in South Carolina with this new facility, and continue our efforts with area nonprofits as an integrated member of the Florence community, and business leader in the Pee Dee Region.