Founded in 1930, Hammond Group, Inc. (HGI) is a specialty chemical company that is advancing hybrid automotive and renewable energy markets through proprietary battery chemistry.
HGI supports these emerging markets with two manufacturing operations in Hammond, IN and another facility in Pottstown, PA. HGI also has International operations in Gateshead, England; and another in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2015 HGI completed their state-of-the-art Lead Acid Battery Laboratory: E=(LAB)2 at 3100 Michigan Street. This facility is the center for ongoing development of advanced battery & energy storage chemistry. It also houses a high-capacity performance additives production line that serves all of North and South America. In 2016 HGI completed the outside remodel of their powdered metallurgy plant located at 2308—165th Street.
Environmental Benefits of Lead Acid Batteries
Lead batteries are the environmental success story of our time. More than 99% of all battery lead is recycled. Compared to 55% of aluminum soft drink and beer cans, 45% of newspapers, 26% of glass bottles and 26% of tires, lead-acid batteries top the list of the most highly recycled consumer product.
The lead battery gains its environmental edge from its closed-loop life cycle. The typical new lead battery contains 60 to 80 percent recycled lead and plastic. When a spent battery is collected, it is sent to a permitted recycler where, under strict environmental regulations, the lead and plastic are reclaimed and sent to a new battery manufacturer. The recycling cycle goes on indefinitely. That means the lead and plastic in the lead-acid battery in your car, truck, boat or motorcycle have been – and will continue to be — recycled many, many times. This makes lead battery disposal extremely successful from both environmental and cost perspectives.
How exactly is a lead acid battery recycled? Check out the video below create by the Battery Council International.