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Biden Visits Greenfield Battery Maker

Vice President Joe Biden visited a Hancock County lithium-ion battery maker today to reaffirm America’s commitment to clean, electric vehicles.

A 118 million dollar federal grant is bringing more jobs to Greenfield.

Today at Ener 1, a lithium-ion battery producer located in Greenfield, Vice President Joe Biden reiterated the themes of innovation and investment that were prevalent in Obama’s State of the Union address last night.

“It’s time to get back up and apply all that incredible ingenuity, innovation and training that has led us to the place we are today.”

Ener 1 recently signed a joint venture with a Chinese auto parts maker (Wanxiang), in an effort to collaborate and fulfill the increasing demand for energy efficient fuel sources.

“We will use their cells and our knowledge of design and product development and help design and build battery packs for the automotive industry in China or Asia or America,” said Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis Oksana Wade.

Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gussenheimer said the stimulus money has also allowed the company to more than double their workforce and continue seeking employees.

Officials say the stimulus immediately created jobs in Indiana, but it may take many years before the rest of the nation sees a payoff.

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