Terre Haute, Inc. (AP) – Oregon-based battery parts producer Entec broke ground Wednesday on a $1.5 billion manufacturing campus in western Indiana that officials said will create more than 640 jobs and boost Indiana’s growing electric vehicle industry.
gov Eric Holcomb joined Entek executives and others at Terre Haute’s groundbreaking for the planned 1.4-million-square-foot (130,000-square-meter) complex, with Holcomb calling it “a great day for Terre Haute and the state of Indiana.”
Entek, based in Lebanon, Oregon, makes battery separators for lithium-ion battery manufacturers. Company, which He announced the project in Marchsaid its new Terre Haute manufacturing campus will produce enough battery separators each year to supply components for about 1.4 million vehicles a year.
“This decision strengthens Indiana’s leadership in the electric vehicle supply chain sector, and we are thrilled to partner with ENTEK to accelerate the commercialization of US-made EVs,” Holcomb said in a statement.
Entek is the only U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of wet-process lithium-ion battery separators, according to a news release from Groundbreaking. The Biden administration is working to strengthen US energy independence and reduce dependence on China for critical components.
“The support we’ve received from President Biden and his administration compliments the support we’ve received to bring the private and public sectors together,” said Larry Keith, CEO of NTech.
“Beating China in advanced battery development and manufacturing starts right here in Terre Haute,” he said in a statement.
Entek said the project will create more than 640 “high-paying jobs” by the end of 2027 in Terre Haute, located about 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Indianapolis.