Ascend Elements plans to invest $310 million in Phase 1 and up to $1 billion over several possible phases to build a sustainable lithium-ion battery materials facility in Hopkinsville, Ky. 

i-SIGMA announced the retirement of founding CEO Robert Johnson, who will be replaced by Nathan Campbell.

Xerox Ventures invested in the Series A financing round of Li Industries, an early-stage lithium-ion battery recycling company.

Phonecheck launched device certification and erasure services for Apple watches. 

A Sunnking partnership with Empire Recycled Paint will let Syracuse, N.Y. residents recycle paint for free.