Haskell to Design and Build Lithium-ion Factory

JACKSONVILLE, FL, MARCH 17, 2010 - Following Saft’s receipt of a $95 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and successful negotiations between Saft, the state of Florida, and the city of Jacksonville, Saft has selected The Haskell Company as their design-builder for their new lithium-ion (Li-ion) manufacturing plant, to be located at Cecil Commerce Center.

Saft's new facility will be a high-volume plant that manufactures advanced Li-ion cells and batteries for military hybrid vehicles, aviation, smart grid support, broadband backup power and energy storage for renewable energy.

The total estimated cost of the project is around $200 million and is expected to bring roughly 279 jobs to the area during the next six years. Haskell will be providing design-build services for the new 200,000 SF plant with an estimated value of $42 million. The facility will be designed and built for LEED Silver Certification. Construction is scheduled to kick off this month with an official ground breaking on March 15, 2010.

About Haskell

Haskell, one of the industry’s leading integrated design, engineering and construction firms, offers client-focused solutions in the commercial, industrial and civic infrastructure markets. With more than $550 million in annual revenue and 1,500 completed projects to date, Haskell serves a multinational client base from strategic points across the United States and in Mexico.