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Project to build $202 million graphite processing plant in Alabama kicks off

KELLYTON, Alabama — Westwater Resources and its subsidiary, Alabama Graphite Products LLC, this morning officially launched construction of a first-of-its-kind graphite processing plant in Coosa County that will produce an essential material for electric vehicle batteries.

The $202 million plant, which is being built in the Lake Martin Regional Industrial Park just off U.S. 280 in Coosa County, will process raw graphite into refined, battery-grade graphite for use in batteries that power EVs, electronics and many other products.

Once completed, Phase I of the facility near Alexander City is expected to employ at least 100 people at an estimated average hourly wage in excess of $21 and when fully operational is expected to produce 7,500 metric tons of refined graphite every year.

“The construction of this plant is the result of a lot of work, cooperation, planning and vision by numerous people over a number of years,” said Chad Potter, President and CEO of Westwater Resources and Alabama Graphite Products.

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