Johnson Controls plant in Red Oak produces 15 billionth PowerFrame® grid

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Johnson Controls, the world’s leading battery maker, reached a production milestone Monday. The 15 billionth PowerFrame grid rolled off the production line at the company’s plant in Red Oak, Iowa. RED OAK, IOWA, Oct. 5, 2016 - Johnson Controls, the world’s leading battery maker, reached a production milestone Monday. The 15 billionth PowerFrame grid rolled off the production line at the company’s plant in Red Oak, Iowa. That’s enough grids to build more than 330 million automobile batteries, more than enough for every passenger vehicle in the United States.

“We are so proud of our employees and the work they have accomplished to achieve this spectacular production record. It’s their dedication to quality, continuous improvement and to our customers that has gotten us to our 15 billionth grid,” says Jerimie Carson, Johnson Controls plant manager, Red Oak. “As demand increases for the superior PowerFrame grid technology, our employees have stepped up to meet increasing market demand without sacrificing quality.”

Johnson Controls Red Oak plant opened in 2003, pioneering the first automotive grid stamping plant in the world. Grid stamping has since become the global standard for Johnson Controls. The Red Oak plant currently employs more than 60 people. The plant produces millions of patented PowerFrame grids daily and ships them to Johnson Controls battery manufacturing plants across the United States.
“We are so proud of our employees and the work they have accomplished to achieve this spectacular production record. It’s their dedication to quality, continuous improvement and to our customers that has gotten us to our 15 billionth grid.” -- Jerimie Carson, Johnson Controls plant manager, Red Oak.

Johnson Controls, the world’s leading battery maker, reached a production milestone Monday. The 15 billionth PowerFrame grid rolled off the production line at the company’s plant in Red Oak, Iowa. PowerFrame grid technology is designed to minimize the corrosion that leads to battery failure in vehicles. The positive grid is what provides the energy for your car battery to start your car. The most common cause of battery failure in a vehicle is corrosion of the positive grid. The PowerFrame grids produced in Red Oak are stronger and longer lasting than other grid designs, delivering optimum performance for automobile batteries.

PowerFrame technology provides the following benefits:

  • The technology is 66% more durable and more corrosion-resistant than other grid designs.
  • It provides 70% better electrical flow than other grid technologies, resulting in superior starting performance.
  • The PowerFrame manufacturing process uses 20% less energy and produces 20% fewer greenhouse gases than other manufacturing methods.

 To learn more about PowerFrame technology, visit http://www.powerframe.com/en-us or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe3YHlKVurc

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 117,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the world's largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, supplying approximately 146 million every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers. Our full range of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers- including traditional, start-stop, micro-hybrid, hybrid and electric. Johnson Controls' recycling system has helped make automotive batteries the most recycled consumer product in the world. Globally, 15,000 employees develop, manufacture, distribute and recycle batteries at more than 50 locations. For more information, please visit http://www.JohnsonControls.com/PowerSolutions or follow @JCI_BatteryBeat on Twitter.

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