The design-build contractor for the Entek lithium plant in Indiana has been identified as Clayco, a Chicago-based company. In Terre Haute, Indiana, there is the US$1.5 billion lithium battery separator manufacturing facility project site.
Clayco will reportedly be responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, and construction of the plant. The concrete paving, flatwork, tilt-up wall panels, as well as foundations will be self-performed.
The project is made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It will be funded in part by a $200 million grant from the Department of Energy to Entek. Additionally, a total of $13 million in state tax breaks and subsidies are also expected to be given for the Entek lithium plant in Indiana. The tax breaks and subsidies will include ones for smart manufacturing and employment training,
Funding and expectations for the Entek lithium plant in Indiana
Entek’s greatest investment to date, the battery components complex upon completion will consist of four buildings and 1.4 million square feet. By 2027, the production facility will create enough separators to supply 1.4 million to 1.6 million electric automobiles yearly.
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According to a statement from Larry Keith, CEO of Entek, the project will “have positive impacts on the local and larger economy, as well as provide a key component required for the electrification of vehicles to further US climate goals.”
At its height, construction is expected to employ 400 people. In order to start interacting with the nearby subcontracting community, Clayco stated it is in the early phases of preparing a number of community outreach events.