States See Rebirth in Auto Battery Manufacturing

New York Times

Kevin Czinger, an all-Ohio football player in his high school days at Cleveland's St. Ignatius High School, returned to his home state last month, making as big a splash as he did on the football field.

Czinger, the president and CEO of CODA Automotive, announced that his company was planning to build a battery manufacturing plant outside of Columbus, contingent on a loan from the Department of Energy. The announcement was hailed by Ohio politicians, who hope to capitalize on the growing demand for electric vehicle batteries.

"CODA's decision to open a facility in our state means that Ohio workers will help manufacture the cars of the 21st century," said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D). "Ohio is quickly becoming a national leader in clean energy component manufacturing for the auto industry."

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