About

Mission

“Invent sustainable materials to build the world”

Humanity has made great leaps forward in sustainable energy generation and transportation. We have invented and proliferated electronic devices to every corner of the globe and lifted billions of people out of poverty and into the information age. As these trends grow and mature, we at Redwood are planning ahead to address the problems and opportunities coming when millions of EV’s batteries need an end of life solution and when the electronics piled up in your drawers at home find a new life.

We have an appreciation for the incredible scale of materials involved in the transition of the whole world to sustainable energy and we know it is not too early to plan for “un-manufacturing” the many Gigawatt-hours of batteries being built today.

Leadership

Co-founder and CEO: JB Straubel

15 years at Tesla as co-founder and CTO. JB built one of the best engineering teams in the world at Tesla and among many topics, he led cell design, supply chain and led the first Gigafactory concept through the production ramp of the Model 3. JB had a direct role in both R&D, team building and operational expansion from prototype cars through to mass production and GWh-scale.

COO: Kevin Kassekert

7.5 years at Tesla as VP People & Places and VP Infrastructure Operations; 5 years at SVTC as VP Operations & Engineering; 8 years at Cypress Semiconductor in Operations, Engineering and Infrastructure expansion roles. At Tesla, Kevin led the Gigafactory 1 construction and operational ramp and built the first US Supercharger Network. Later he led global HR, Recruiting, Compensation, Benefits, Real Estate, Construction and Facility Operations.

Business Development:Carlos Gomez Contact

Carlos leads our sourcing of incoming feedstock and develops programs with suppliers. Carlos spent 15 years at Glencore in different roles, most recently leading market development for recyclable materials.

Business Development:Jackson Switzer Contact

Jackson leads the sales of our intermediate and refined recycled products. He joined Redwood Materials from Albemarle, where he spent 7 years at the forefront of the lithium industry in roles spanning from process engineering to commercial management.

Location

Located in Carson City, Nevada, in a region renowned for its pristine nature, rich history, and world-class outdoor adventure.

Rich history: The Comstock Lode, America's largest silver deposit, was discovered in 1859.
Rich history: The Comstock Lode, America's largest silver deposit, was discovered in 1859.
Adventure: Discover the real Wild West and it’s legendary sunsets.
Adventure: Discover the real Wild West and it’s legendary sunsets.
Pristine nature: Lake Tahoe is a short drive away.
Pristine nature: Lake Tahoe is a short drive away.
Sports: Enjoy some of the best skiing in the country.
Sports: Enjoy some of the best skiing in the country.

The major opportunity is to think of this material for reuse and recovery.

The Race To Crack Battery Recycling—Before It’s Too Late (Wired; Nov. 30, 2020)