batteries_web_2.jpgFLORENCE, S.C. (AP) _ Auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. said Tuesday that it broke ground on its battery recycling plant in Florence, S.C.

The plant, which will be run by Johnson's power solutions division, is set to be finished next year.

The facility is anticipated to create about 250 new jobs and about 1,000 indirect jobs in the area.

Last month, Johnson Controls said it would buy Recaro's Keiper recliner system business, and its automotive sport and specialty seat business for an undisclosed amount.

Shares of the Milwaukee-based company fell 10 cents to $40.35 in midday trading.