Johnson Controls expands U.S. battery production

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$450 million being invested in manufacturing to meet growing consumer demands

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 2, 2017 –The world’s largest automotive battery supplier and recycler, Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), is announcing investments to grow manufacturing capability in the United States. The company will accelerate $450 million USD in investment at its existing facilities across the country to increase capacity to grow its aftermarket service and supply capabilities. This amount includes an announcement today of an additional $50 million to increase capacity at 8 U.S. plants by 10 million batteries in 2017.

“Power demands on batteries are increasing as vehicles add more safety and convenience features, and the number of vehicles in operation continues to grow, creating more replacement opportunities,” said Joe Walicki, Johnson Controls Power Solutions president. “In the last year alone, the U.S. battery replacement market has grown 8 percent.”

Here’s how other previously announced Johnson Controls’ investments break out:

  • $245 million for additional Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) manufacturing capacity largely to serve the domestic market with expansion in four U.S. facilities, including St. Joseph, Missouri and Middletown, Delaware
  • $100 million to more than double AGM production in Toledo, Ohio
  • $50 million to add manufacturing capacity in Middletown, Delaware

"A strong manufacturing base is the foundation of a strong economy, and Johnson Controls will continue to invest in technologies that enable American industries in transportation and the future of energy storage." -- Joe Walicki, Johnson Controls Power Solutions president.

In addition to serving aftermarket demand, fuel-efficient start-stop technology adoption in the U.S. is accelerating. By 2020, almost half of the new vehicles built by automakers in the U.S. will be equipped with start-stop – a function that is best enabled by AGM batteries.

“By accelerating these investments, we further increase our manufacturing capacity to serve our customers’ needs now and into the future,” said Walicki, who also praised employees who are playing an integral role in implementing these plans. “We employ more than 5,200 people in our battery business in the U.S., and 8 out of 10 are in highly-skilled manufacturing jobs. A strong manufacturing base is the foundation of a strong economy, and Johnson Controls will continue to invest in technologies that enable American industries in transportation and the future of energy storage."

To learn more about Power Solutions job impact, click here.

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 130,000 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 152 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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Global Strategic Engagement Initiatives Leader,
Johnson Controls, Inc.