RENO, Nev., January 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) (OTCQX: ABML), a US critical battery materials company commercializing both its primary mineral manufacturing and secondary mineral recycling technologies for lithium-ion batteries, has hired and onboarded key executives brought on his facility operations team to support the start-up of the company’s lithium-ion battery recycling facility. With experience from industry leaders such as Tesla and Panasonic, these new ABTC team members will play a key role in commissioning and ramping up operations at ABTC facilities.
Previously, he was General Manager of Electrode Manufacturing at Battery Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada for Panasonic Energy North America, Kevin Gagnon joined ABTC as manager of the battery recycling plant. In his previous role, he managed over 1,200 employees and over one million square feet of manufacturing operations with an operating budget of over $175 million per month. Gagnon has extensive experience in commissioning and ramping up world-class manufacturing operations, building engineering and operations teams, and operating world-class battery manufacturing facilities. He has over 30 years of senior management experience with companies such as Honeywell, Majilite, Catalina Graphic Films and Ashland Chemical. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Worchester State University and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
After working at Tesla for the past five years, he led the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) practice at the Battery Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, dan dear joined ABTC as Senior Manager of EHS. Lieber is a seasoned safety leader with extensive experience building teams and building operations for first-of-kind facilities at Tesla and Georgia Pacific in the last 10 years. He holds a Master of Science with a focus on Safety Sciences Indiana University of Pennsylvaniaa Bachelor of Science with a focus on fire protection and safety technology State University of Oklahomaand is a certified security professional.
Mike Bankswho most recently worked as Production Engineering Supervisor and Associate Manager for Tesla at the Battery Gigafactory in New York Sparks, Nevada, has joined ABTC as Operations Maintenance Manager. Banks has extensive experience managing maintenance teams and has held roles in control, instrumentation, equipment troubleshooting and maintenance. He has held leadership positions in organizations such as Lyons Magnus, Coca-Cola and the Seattle Tacoma Box Company.
“We are delighted to have such a talented and experienced group of operations leaders join us as we move forward with the commissioning and ramp-up of our initial facilities,” said ABTC CEO Ryan Melsert. “In a highly competitive talent recruitment environment, it is a testament to our current team and to our company mission and culture that we continue to be able to attract such high caliber individuals.”
ABTC’s lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant uses its in-house developed first-of-kind integrated technology and is designed to process 20,000 tonnes per year of feedstock to produce battery-grade metals that feed the domestic battery manufacturing supply chain be returned. The company’s universal lithium-ion battery recycling system separates and recovers every single elemental metal, including lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese, from waste consumer electronics, stationary storage applications and electric vehicle batteries such as defects and waste from battery manufacturing plants.
About American Battery Technology Company
American Battery Technology Company is uniquely positioned to supply low-cost, environmentally friendly and domestically sourced battery metals through its three businesses: Lithium Ion Battery Recycling, Primary Battery Metals Recovery Technologies and Primary Resource Development.
American Battery Technology Company has built a clean technology platform that serves as a major source of domestically manufactured critical and strategic battery metals to meet the near-insatiable demands of the electric vehicle, power grid storage and consumer electronics industries. This ESG-principled platform works to create a closed-loop battery metals economy, committed to ethical and environmentally responsible sourcing of critical and strategic materials.
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SOURCE American Battery Technology Company