Fully automated cell assembly lines, an automated packaging line, automated material movement and handling, and a pandemic-ready design to allow for safe workspaces are just a few of the advanced production features of the KOREPlex.

FREMONT, CA: KORE Power, a leading US-based developer of battery cell technology for the clean energy industry, serving energy storage, utility, e-mobility, industrial and mission-critical markets across the globe, has chosen Yates Construction, a globally acclaimed advanced manufacturing design-build firm, to construct its KOREPlex facility in Buckeye, Arizona.

“Our groundbreaking facility needed a partner with extensive experience in delivering advanced manufacturing facilities that offer the technological and sustainability targets that the KOREPlex will achieve,” said Lindsay Gorrill, CEO, KORE Power. “Yates Construction brings decades of experience in advanced manufacturing and the battery space, so it is a natural fit. We look forward to working together to push our aggressive timeline to get this project underway.”

Fully automated cell assembly lines, an automated packaging line, automated material movement and handling, and a pandemic-ready design to allow for safe workspaces are just a few of the advanced production features of the KOREPlex. The structure will be completely climate-controlled, with a covered staff parking lot that is solar-ready.

The KOREPlex will create roughly 60 million battery cells per year, ensuring a reliable and independent lithium-ion battery supply chain in the U.S., which is crucial for the future of electric vehicles, power grids, and other technologies. The plant will be able to provide enough electricity for 3.2 million homes per year. KORE intends to begin building on the facility by the end of the year, with production set to begin in mid-2023.

“Having worked in the battery and advanced manufacturing space for many years, Yates Construction is excited to partner with KORE Power on its lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing facility,” said William G. Yates III, President and CEO, Yates Construction. “We see every project as a chance to build meaningful relationships and bring value to our clients. We look forward to building this landmark project with KORE Power.”

During peak construction, an estimated 3,400 people will be employed by KOREPlex. Construction is projected to take roughly 18 months. KORE Power is a major developer of battery cell technology for the energy storage and electric vehicle industries in the United States. The company, which was founded in 2018, used its contract manufacturing partner’s capabilities to produce and deploy battery cells to its international customer base. The new KOREPlex facility will advance the company’s existing annual manufacturing capacity of 2 GWh, which can be calibrated up to 6 GWh to meet the fast-growing battery demand. The KORE Powers U.S. factory will create over 3,000 new advanced manufacturing jobs in Arizona and boost U.S. energy security by establishing a new domestic battery cell supply.

Through strategic alliances and solar-plus-storage cogeneration, KOREPlex will run with net-zero carbon emissions. “We are excited to start this significant project with KORE Power,” said Chet Nadolski, Chief Operating Officer, Yates Construction. “We are committed to the partnership and look forward to working together with KORE Power to ensure the project’s success.”