Hawker Powersource to close Ooltewah plant after owner says its traditional batteries will phase out

165 displaced workers seek other jobs as EnerSys moves to make more maintenance free batteries elsewhere

Photo by Dave Flessner / The Hawker Powersource battery production plant on Ooltewah Industrial Drive will be shut down by next year, according to an announcement by the company's parent own, EnerSys.

One of the biggest manufacturers in Ooltewah is shutting down this month as its owner, EnerSys, shifts away from the type of batteries made at the factory.

Hawker Powersource is closing its battery production plant in the Ooltewah Industrial Park by Aug. 28, cutting 165 jobs. EnerSys, the Reading, Pennsylvania-based global battery maker that owns Hawker Powersource, gave workers at the plant a 60-day notice of the plant closing just ahead of the July 4th holiday and is in the process of phasing out production this month.

The company said it will boost production and distribution in Kentucky and other locations to replace the Ooltewah plant. On June 29, the board of EnerSys voted to close the Ooltewah plant to focus on making and distributing newer, more maintenance-free batteries made at other plants.