May 16, 2020

Greencore announces new manufacturing facility and innovaton centre in Des Moines

Nell Walker
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Greencore announces new manufacturing facility and innovaton centre in Des Moines
The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC), along with multiple valued partners, is excited to welcome Greencore Groups newest...

The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC), along with multiple valued partners, is excited to welcome Greencore Group’s newest facility to King County. Greencore has signed a lease in the Des Moines Creek Business Park in Des Moines, US.

Based in Ireland, Greencore Group is a leading international manufacturer of convenience foods for some of the most successful retail and food service customers in the United Kingdom and United States.

Since entering the US market in 2008, Greencore has grown rapidly to become a leader in the manufacture of fresh and frozen food to go products. The majority of their products are sold through coffee shops, grocery stores and convenience chains under private label brands. Greencore’s US headquarters are in Danvers, Massachusetts, and the company currently operates six manufacturing facilities and delivers to over twenty-five states.

“The City of Des Moines welcomes Greencore and its new Research & Development facility to our community,” said Dave Kaplan, Mayor of Des Moines. “The city has worked hard to create an environment that supports business development while enhancing the quality of life in the community. A recruitment win like Greencore really demonstrates that our hard work and planning is paying off.”

“We are looking forward to opening our newest food manufacturing facility in Des Moines in early 2016. This site will be unique for us because it will also house an Innovation Center where we’ll conduct most of the research and development work for the US market,” said Richard McGowan, Project Manager for Greencore.

“Tens of thousands of salaries in the Central Puget Sound region are paid by foreign-owned companies, and establishing our global brand in the minds of business leaders around the world will help attract new investment and jobs,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine, who serves on the EDC Board. “This growing company is a great addition to our thriving specialty food industry and will further the reputation of King County as a great place for business to set up shop and flourish.”

The EDC provided customized research on King County covering a variety of subjects from demographic data and real estate options to incentives and introductions to the City of Des Moines. Additionally, the EDC provided assistance in navigating the jurisdictional structure in King County for the various permits and licenses the company needed for their new facility. “The EDC’s work pulling together all the important facts and figures and connecting us to city leaders and the Port of Seattle was critical in our site search. The EDC team has been an outstanding resource for us,” said McGowan.

Plans for the new manufacturing and Innovation Center/Research & Development facility include 350 jobs that will be relocated from a smaller facility, as well as the addition of 50 new jobs in 2016. The Des Moines Creek Business Park, owned by the Port of Seattle, is ideally situated with easy freeway access and plentiful space for existing operations and future growth.

“Greencore is exactly the type of tenant the Port of Seattle had in mind for the Des Moines Creek Business Park—a company committed to creating new manufacturing jobs, more employment opportunities, with a focus on responsible resource management and giving back to the Des Moines community,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner and EDC Board Member Tom Albro. “This is a great win for the EDC, the Port, the County, the City of Des Moines, Panattoni, and Greencore.” Greencore has contracted with Panattoni Development Company, the development partner to the Port of Seattle for the Des Moines Creek Business Park, to construct the build-out of the new facility.

“Panattoni has a proven track record in the development, construction and management of millions of square feet of high-quality industrial space, and we’re excited to be working with Greencore on this new facility,” said Donnie Belk, Senior Development Manager at Panattoni.

“This is a big win for the City of Des Moines and King County and we are thrilled to have assisted the Greencore team throughout the decision making process as they establish their newest manufacturing and R&D operations in King County. Not only will Greencore be adding hundreds of fantastic jobs to the City of Des Moines, they will further strengthen our reputation as a great place for international companies to set up shop and do cutting-edge research and development,” said Suzanne Dale Estey, President & CEO of the EDC.


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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing


What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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