East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. received a $32.5 million grant from the United States Department of Energy to expand production capabilities to manufacture advanced lead-acid batteries. These batteries will serve as a critical component of Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
The grant, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was presented by U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari. “With the help of companies like East Penn, we will be able to build vehicles that achieve, and even exceed, the new fuel-efficiency standard for 2016. This is an investment in the future of manufacturing, and the future of clean, green transportation in the United States,” stated the DOT Deputy Secretary.
Congressman Tim Holden, representing Pennsylvania’s 17th District, said, “We could not have made a better investment in a better company, a better family, or a better work force.”
With financial assistance from the DOE, East Penn plans to quickly become a leading U.S. source of Advanced VRLA and UltraBatteryTM power serving the global vehicle market with viable, safe, cost effective, and highly recyclable battery products. East Penn aspires to play a significant role in conserving the Nation’s energy consumption by assisting OE manufactures and automotive aftermarket suppliers in providing a commercially viable power alternative for today’s global consumer. East Penn’s commitment to lead-acid and other advancements in new battery technology has availed the company unique opportunities in new markets. The company remains on the forefront of exploring the many possibilities of advanced battery technology in renewable energy applications.
East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, telecommunications, UPS, commercial, marine, and motive power markets. The company’s quality and environmental systems for its entire 520-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002, and ISO 14001:2004 requirements. For more information contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, PA 19536 or visit the company web site at www.dekabatteries.com.