Livonia’s A123 Systems Puts Romulus Battery Electrode Plant up for Sale

In anticipation of its move to Novi later this year and due to the lifecycle of its lithium-ion battery product winding down, Livonia’s A123 Systems is selling its Romulus electrode battery plant.
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Livonia’s A123 Systems (headquarters pictured above) is selling its Romulus electrode battery plant. // Photo courtesy of A123 Systems

In anticipation of its move to Novi later this year and due to the lifecycle of its lithium-ion battery product winding down, Livonia’s A123 Systems is selling its Romulus electrode battery plant.

Located at 38100 Ecorse Rd. in Romulus, the facility is one of the largest electrode battery plants in North America and features a complete anode/cathode processing line with material mixing, roll slitting, coating, drying, packaging, and solvent recovery systems.

“We announced in 2017 that we would conclude our manufacturing operations here in 2019 and the sale of the Romulus plant is part of that transfer,” says Michael O’Kronley, executive director of corporate strategy at A123 Systems. “We’d like to find a new home for the equipment and the plant. The equipment could be used to produce another product but if not, it has good bones and good infrastructure. It appears there’s interest.”

Battery manufacturing continues at the Romulus facility as well as in Livonia, according to O’Kronley. When local manufacturing ceases later this year, production of A123 Systems’ battery products will continue at its plants in China and the Czech Republic.

The Romulus facility also features a stainless-steel tank farm, a large quantity of spare parts, air handling and tool room equipment, and other assets.

“This is a unique opportunity for a buyer to immediately purchase and begin operating a lithium-ion battery manufacturing operation,” says Hilco Industrial, the Grand Rapids-based company listing the plant, which has an annual capacity of 4 million battery cells per year.

A123 Systems plans to move its engineering, sales, research and development, and global headquarters to a new 150,000-square-foot complex on 32 acres near Fountain Walk at 12 Mile and Novi roads in Novi later this year.

Further details about the Romulus plant are available here.

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