A Canadian-based battery recycling company is going to establish a presence at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester.
Li-Cycle has committed to creating at least 23 jobs in the first year of operation. They expect to be fully operational later this year.
Empire State Development is assisting with up to $450,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also helping out with the project which will involve an investment of up to $23 million over a three-year period.
Li-Cycle officials say the company has developed a process that allows them to recover 80 to 100% of all materials found in lithium-ion batteries with no discharge of wastewater. The materials that are recovered are either processed to the point of being reusable in battery production, or sent out for further processing to other recyclers.
Officials say Li-Cycle selected the local business park as a good place to provide services to its growing client base in the South and Midwest. The Rochester location will be the company's first U.S.-based facility.