Cirba Solutions, a comprehensive battery management and materials company, has announced plans to build its newest state-of-the-art, flagship operations in Richland County. This integrated lithium-ion battery materials campus will be an initial investment of over $300 million and will create more than 300 new jobs.
Located at Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia, Cirba Solutions’ new facility will be the first phase of its investment. The company plans to build an approximately 400,000-square-foot, world-class lithium-ion battery recycling and materials campus that 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 support the United States domestic lithium- ion battery supply chain and will provide enough premium recycled battery- grade metal salts to power over 500,000 electric vehicle batteries annually.
With a focus on sustainability, Cirba Solutions will use the most efficient operational practices in processing these materials and converting them back into reusable battery materials. In addition, the facility will be used as an educational and professional training center, highlighting processing technology for end-of-life batteries. The Richland County facility will be the company’s eighth operational facility in North America and the fourth facility strategically located in the U.S. “Battery Belt.”
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.
Operations are expected to begin in late 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Cirba Solutions team should visit the company’s careers page.
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.
“The state of South Carolina and Richland County have been tremendous partners in supporting the clean energy sector,” says Cirba Solutions president and chief executive officer David Klanecky. “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.”
“South Carolina has worked hard to create a business environment where the electric vehicle industry can thrive, and with announcements like this, it is most certainly paying off. We are proud to have Cirba Solutions as a partner as we continue to grow our already booming electric vehicle industry,” said Gov. Henry McMaster.
“Cirba Solutions’ announcement in Richland County reinforces that South Carolina is ready for the new era of the automotive industry,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “ 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. We congratulate Cirba Solutions and look forward to much success.”
“Richland County is proud to welcome yet another successful business to Pineview Industrial Park. We are grateful that Cirba Solutions, an industry leader that promotes solutions for a sustainable economy, will continue to invest in our community,” said Richland County Council chair Overture Walker.
“ This announcement reinforces what we have all been watching locally and statewide— the electric vehicle industry is poised to succeed here,” said Central S.C. Alliance chairman Matthew Shaffer. “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.”
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