We are an
American company and assemble 99% our products and refurbish 100% of your products in the
Smokey Mountain Appalachia's of America.
We use only the
BEST battery cells from Enersys Hawker Cyclon, Duracell, LG Chem, Panasonic, Saft, and Sanyo.
battery cells we use in the assembly of your battery packs are Enersys
Hawker Cyclone manufactured in the USA or Britan, LG Chem - Seoul South
Korea, Panasonic and
Sanyo manufactured in Japanese factories across the world or
Saft America manufactured in French factories in France or Mexico.
Panasonic and Sanyo have set up facilities in China
that manufacture to the highest quality specifications required by Panasonic
and Sanyo. We sell
their cells and use their cells. We do not use the cells of Chinese
We have been in the business of rebuilding
dry cell rechargeable battery packs of any voltage and amperage from any industry for over 19 years.
We see the battery packs after use giving us
a unique knowledge of the quality of the battery pack manufacturer and the
battery cells used in the packs.
chargers we sell are manufactured in Canada, Britain, and ours in the US.
We DO NOT knowingly
contribute to the US deficit to the World Bank of China. Nothing
against Chinese people. We love Chinese people and wish more were in
the US receiving fair income for their labor, (not to be confused with Union
Labor, a major reason the third world work force was discovered). We DO NOT knowingly
contribute to slave labor.
cost of nickel: Battery cells are shipped for melt down and recycle.
They are melted into 1 ton cubes , placed on rail cars, sent to port, and
shipped to China. China then reprocesses the nickel and sells that
nickel foil to battery cell manufacturing companies. Since January
2006 to May 2007, China has raised the price of nickel foil from $18K per ton to
$57K per ton.
Rathbone Energy is a:
SBA Hub Zone
Empowered Certified Contractor in an underdeveloped economic area
of the Appalachia's: Located on the county line of Cocke County - Newport /
Jefferson County - Dandridge, Tennessee.
Doing business with a HubZone
Empowered company may provide tax benefits for your company.
We qualify as a HubZone because
This Appalachian area has an average yearly per
person income well under the national poverty level, <16K per annum.
Has an average unemployment level well above the
national average, >10%.
Borders the Cherokee Indian Reservation of the
We chose this Tennessee location to give Hope
to some and be an example for many. You can provide a great benefit
to our region by placing your orders with us today; keeping us in business, these mountain
craftsmen and women on the payroll, and help build our
We manufacture and
assemble battery packs or assemble battery packs in the United States, thus actually made in the USA.
Rebuilding dry cell rechargeable battery
packs of any voltage and amperage for any industry is a Specialty at
Rathbone Energy, Inc. (Rebuild Batteries, Recell Batteries, Refurbish
We serve clients in the
United States and Internationally
are no fancy buildings or flatulent egos to inflate at Rathbone
Energy. This helps keep our cost down while supplying you the
best battery cell inserts. We keep overhead to a
minimum and have modest salaries allowing you the best value on the highest quality cells.
strong, "on-site", staff of quality engineers , who are employed by us and
not sub-contracted, we offer a very effective repair center
for many electronic devices. When you have no schematic and you can
still troubleshoot a device effectively and correctly you know you have a
Our Philosophy On This Issue
With our philosophy and work
ethic we have, in the first quarter of 2007, officially taken a US government
supplier contract order from a
Chinese factory for 1000 battery packs per month using non-Chinese battery cells. This was NO small task but all statistics above placed us in
this position. There will never be a $35.00 per hour job in our facility.
Since leaving Wal-Mart I have
watched our country and years ago I myself was in the job market. US
citizens trying to keep up with the Jones family have out priced themselves.
US companies made a discovery that people in other countries could be trained to
do the same jobs for substantially less income. They left the US work
force and they are not coming back. US companies and @#$* unions do not care if the people
are paid unfairly or even if they use slave labor. But both the US
companies, @#$* unions, and the employee became unreasonable, yes a relative position, but I
and my staff have jobs.
I see empty factories and
warehouses everywhere that I go and these realtors are still sitting on them
with enormous sell prices. They could be renovated to incubator
business for the backbone of America but are not. I wish I had the money
to invest in renovating these facilities for true US Small Business as well as
Start up businesses. And by the way, when I mention Small Business, I am
not talking about GWB's 6.5 million dollar version.
The point is that our philosophy
here at Rathbone Energy keeps jobs in America and even though we are not
stealing oil and erasing American lives we expect your support if you are a
"True Blood and Guts Amaracan".
Battery Cells and Jewlery
Staff members just discovered why we have a sign up that states "No Jewlery Allowed" when working with battery cells.
On the other side of the coin however:
For several years we have
searched out tool and die in the United States to manufacture the
tooling needed for injection molding of our own line of Lithium Ion Broadcast
Batteries. We have local plastic companies who aggressively
want the molding work and offer to do the work on their down time
from larger orders to keep from sending employees home early.
But, in all these years
every US tool
and die company we have met with wanted to treat us as they have all
the US Auto manufacturers. They look at us as their cabin on
the lake, third home, etc. The average USA quote for tool and die
has been +/- $36,000.00 for simple Proformer and ProPac / Hytron
In September 2006 I visited with the
Vocational Directors of two local community colleges and two local
high school vocational departments asking for an internship from the community colleges
and high schools. The community colleges informed me that they
did not compete with local vendors. The nearest was 75 miles
away. The high school vocation directors said no, they were
teaching their students "real" skilled labor like tooling for the
automobile manufacturing market.
I was also there to interview potential
electronic technicians to discover those programs were pulled from
the local vocational colleges and high schools in most states several years ago
by the state board of regions because the job market did not support the income levels wanted, so
the jobs were continuing to go overseas to people who would work
harder and smarter for much less money. At least until they
I train my technicians in-house, never
ending, Not all have been bad, I have had some great employees but
life moves us on. Finally I have access to a few Mexican
friends from the one local Mexican restaurant whose business,
because of our economy, is slow. Even with communications
issues, I only need to show them a technique one time. While I
work, I no longer hear constant chatter or have absence issues.
They are there every day, you have to tell them to break, and they
thank me for their jobs. They actually like their jobs and
working for me.
I would not leave the
office of one of the local high school vocational directors until
the director agreed to follow
me back to my facility and see our needs. He then informed me
that they were more interested in training their students for
skilled labor in tool and die and preferred to focus on the
I stated that I knew a kid who had
graduated the previous year, had focused on their vocational training,
and is working at a local fast food restaurant. Insert: From
exhaustive searches for a better landlord at the time I had traveled
through several counties and could find large manufacturing
facilities that had been closed from five to thirty years. Good facilities where the
manufacturer was tired of fighting with unions and internal theft of
not just property, but also of time, and had moved off-shore years
ago. The realtors refuse to lease or turn the buildings into
incubator business facilities.
So I asked this vocational director
exactly where his students were being hired for skilled labor as
welders or tool and die because all the surrounding manufacturers
had long since left the US for better pay rates and staffing.
He turned around and left.
Later I discovered these tool and die
companies usually in turn farm out their work to China anyway.
What do you do? I know that the battery pack leader in
one industry, the broadcast industry, has gone off shore for many
years to have their packs built. When I open their packs the
components say Made in ____, Not the USA. Recently I came
across the company that actually builds for them. Many times
in the past we have requested to build their products here in the
Appalachia's but with No success. Nonetheless, we are thankful
for their success because rebuilding their products has feed several
families here. But soon we will no longer support their ni-cd
lines at all and now offer what we consider a much better
alternative broadcast battery line.
began a search for manufacturers in China, preventing the employment
here of additional local staff. My Lithium Ion Broadcast
Battery packs are manufactured in China to my specifications using
Panasonic, Sanyo, and now, some LG cells. LG got a foot in the
door when the Panasonic Anode plant caught fire and battery cells
were being allocated.
Lithium Ion for Broadcast
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