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Sparkz CEO Sanjiv Malhotra, right, announces plans in March at the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University for his energy startup to open a battery factory in West Virginia, employing 350 people and investing in workforce training for dislocated mine workers. Sparkz has endorsed the Inflation Reduction Act championed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, saying the bill would move climate technology forward and create jobs for West Virginians.

CHARLESTON — The energy startup Sparkz said Tuesday it will locate an electric battery factory in northern West Virginia.

The batteries will be built at a 482,000-square-foot plant in Taylor County off U.S. 50 near Bridgeport, the company said in a statement. The plant, which eventually will employ 350 workers, originally was a glass factory that ceased operations in 2009.

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