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[United States]
Posted on : Mar 23, 2009
Exide Technologies, a US company that recycles batteries, says it will
temporarily shut down its operations in Baton Rouge, laying off 132 workers. The
company says it anticipates resuming operations in Baton Rouge "when market
conditions allow".

The company adds it will begin an "orderly ramp-down of operations" on April
1st. That process is expected to take about 90 days. Exide recycles the
components of spent lead-acid batteries, reclaiming the recycled lead and
plastic for the manufacture of new batteries.

‘Exide made the difficult decision to temporarily cease operations at our Baton
Rouge facility as a result of the slowdown in the economy and the related impact
on the lead-acid battery markets and by extension, overall lead demand,’ says
Joe Acker, Vice President and General Manager, Recycling - North America for
Exide Technologies. ‘While our plan is to resume production at Baton Rouge when
economic conditions improve, we do anticipate this temporary cessation of
recycling operations to rebalance the supply of recycled materials with
manufacturing demand.’

In fiscal year 2008, Exide Technologies recycled sufficient lead tonnage to make
the Company one of the largest secondary lead recyclers in the world. It says it
is one of the few companies with the ability to manufacture and recycle
lead-acid batteries in its own facilities.
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