Wixom’s Battery Solutions Acquired, Creates Comprehensive Management Solution

Retriev Technologies, a lithium battery recycler based in Lancaster, Ohio, has acquired Wixom-based Battery Solutions, a leader in sustainable end-to-end management solutions for end-of-life batteries and consumer electronics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Close up of old used lithium polymer batteries of mobile phones preparation for recycling.
Wixom’s Battery Solutions has been acquired by Retriev Technologies to create a comprehensive battery management solution to North America. // Stock Photo

Retriev Technologies, a lithium battery recycler based in Lancaster, Ohio, has acquired Wixom-based Battery Solutions, a leader in sustainable end-to-end management solutions for end-of-life batteries and consumer electronics. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The combined offering brings two complementary industry leaders together to create a comprehensive battery management solution. Battery Solutions’ cross-chemistry collection, battery-centric logistics network, end-of-life battery sorting services, and customer-centric approach to end-of-life battery management complements Retriev’s history as the oldest and largest lithium-ion battery processing operation.

Battery Solutions has a strategic national footprint with an expansive portfolio that services the entire end-of-life battery lifecycle for EVs, telecommunications, consumer collection, waste management sectors, and more.

“The opportunity to deliver upon North America’s need for an end-of-life reuse solution for batteries that involves critical materials recycling at scale creates an extremely competitive value chain for the United States,” says David Klanecky, CEO of Retriev Technologies.

“Our combined assets and talented team enable us to be the only player in the industry that has the capability to collect, transport, sort and process every type of battery at every touchpoint from the end of one life cycle to the beginning of another. This creates a substantial material ‘resource’ for auto OEMs and battery manufacturers in the circular supply chain.”

Retriev’s operations include battery recycling and sorting facilities in Lancaster and Baltimore, Ohio, and Brea, California, as well as Trail, British Columbia. Battery Solutions brings added processing, sorting, fulfillment, logistics and storage solutions with their 95,000-square-foot facility in Wixom and a 60,000-square-foot facility in Mesa, Ariz.

The newly combined offering has the expertise and infrastructure to develop customized solutions for both large and small customers that simplifies the collection process and reduces the conversion time. The current portfolio includes thousands of customers, with an emphasis on automotive OEMs, environmental services, retail, communications, and consumer products.

“Global EV and electrification trends are accelerating at rates that both drive scarcity of natural resources on the front end and necessitate careful end-of-life management to harness recycled natural resources,” says Thomas Bjarnemark, CEO of Battery Solutions. “Contributing to the circular economy model is a core focus of Battery Solutions, and this integration with Retriev brings us a huge step closer to making that a reality.”

Last October, Retriev combined with Heritage Battery Recycling to form the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America. The deal expanded Retriev’s collection and transportation network through partnerships with Heritage Environmental Services (HES) and Heritage-Crystal Clean. Retriev Technologies is backed by Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group and affiliates and California-based Kinsbursky Bros. International.

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