The world's largest manufacturer of lithium ion batteries is pushing the green-tech revolution forward with an $85 million expansion slated to bring hundreds of jobs to Sylmar.

Quallion LLC announced this week that a 50,000-square-foot addition to its Sylmar factory will bring up to 200 more jobs to its northeast San Fernando Valley plant.

The privately held company owned by biotech pioneer Alfred E. Mann aims to move beyond making lithium ion cells for medical, aerospace and military use to batteries designed for alternative-energy wind and solar farms - an anticipated $1 billion green-tech market.

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