Florence, S.C. (AP) — Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. is proceeding with construction of a $150 million battery recycling plant in Florence.
Johnson Controls broke ground Tuesday for the plant that is expected to create 250 jobs.
The company makes lead-acid batteries for the automotive industry and announced plans for the new plant in 2009.
Johnson Controls recently received an air-quality permit from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Company officials say it’s the first new plant of its type in the nation in about 20 years.
The company also has a distribution center in Florence and a manufacturing plant in Oconee County.