"Steve's background makes him a perfect fit for continuing to expand A123 Energy's manufacturing presence to meet the needs of our business. With his extensive experience in manufacturing, he is a match to our organization which is fast-paced, emphasizes continual improvement, and demands high quality," said Bud Collins, president of A123 Energy. "After the company was acquired by Wanxiang we had the need to staff up and help match manufacturing production with market demand, and Steve's track record in operations is impeccable."
Prior to this position, DeBruyn was executive vice president of Manufacturing and Operations at Eppendorf, a life sciences industry capital equipment manufacturer. He led a 300+ person organization spread over multiple sites. While at Eppendorf, he led multiple initiatives that modernized and upgraded their manufacturing and supply chain functions. Among these activities was the construction, equipment fit-up, and staffing of a new 140,000 square foot world class manufacturing center in Enfield, CT.
"I am excited to join A123 Energy and add to the innovations and accomplishments they've achieved in the energy storage market," said DeBruyn. "There is a significant opportunity not only in grid scale energy storage, but also smaller scale stationary batteries, in a myriad of applications where A123's technology is ideal."