This article originally ran in The St. Louis Post Dispatch on August 9, 2023.
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, during a visit to St. Louis on Tuesday, touted an Israeli firm’s plans to manufacture a key component for electric vehicle batteries in the city.
The Department of Energy is backing the $400 million project — to produce lithium iron phosphate for batteries — with a nearly $200 million grant to specialty minerals company ICL Group, whose U.S. headquarters is located in St. Louis.
The grant was authorized by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The project at the company’s current location in St. Louis’ Carondelet neighborhood is expected to create 150 new jobs.