June 29, 2020
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As CEO of LAVLE USA, Inc., I am writing to communicate LAVLE’s strong objection to your Executive Order issued on June 22, 2020, Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak, and to respectfully request that this Executive Order be rescinded immediately.
LAVLE USA, Inc., headquartered in Washington State, is a supplier and developer of battery modules for the defense, energy, rail, aviation, and marine transportation markets. These energy storage systems use LAVLE’s advanced Battery Management System and make use of next generation battery cells, such as lithium anode metal batteries and solid electrolyte batteries, which we have developed in the U.S. with the help of foreign partners and which are game changing technologies. These systems are being manufactured at our Washington facility, and their game-changing electrification and energy storage applications will create new markets across the above industry sectors, each of which are critical to U.S. economic growth and employment. LAVLE’s technologies significantly strengthen U.S. global leadership in energy storage, a sector that your Administration has identified as critical for national security.
LAVLE is an American company with global partners who are committed to its growth and new job creation in the United States. We have recruited to Washington a world-class team of executives and experts in advanced battery technology, including international colleagues, to bring our solutions to market. Our groundbreaking Battery Management System was designed and developed by a U.S engineering team. Our advanced energy storage systems, currently under prototype testing at our Washington facility, feature revolutionary battery cells and technologies that, together with our foreign partners, have the long-term vision to manufacture in the United States. Our sales team has a global presence and is actively promoting our U.S.-made products to global customers.
This Executive Order, contrary to its stated purpose, poses an unusual threat to the employment of American workers, by creating uncertainty and barriers for LAVLE and other U.S. employers whose ability to create American jobs requires access to the best and brightest global talent. The foreign employees that we have are not replacing U.S. workers, instead they are providing key expertise that ends up creating more jobs for Americans through their efforts.
LAVLE recently announced and began sales of a new product line, Proteus, and is preparing to expand its assembly line, which over the next five years will create 100s of new well-paid American engineering, technical, and manufacturing jobs. Moreover, these job creation estimates do not reflect LAVLE’s planned U.S.-based battery cell Gigafactory, which will employ up to an additional 2,000 full-time American workers when the facility is fully operational, by the end of 2022. However, by generating considerable uncertainty for our international team members essential to perform essential functions in the execution of these projects, this Executive Order creates considerable risk of delay for these projects and the hundreds of American jobs they will create.
LAVLE is committed to every action that supports the rapid, sustained recovery of the U.S. economy from the disruptions created by COVID-19. In fact, LAVLE has continued to hire American engineers and other employees throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, as we prepare to expand the Proteus assembly line. Rescinding this counterproductive Executive Order will enable LAVLE to move forward, without delay, in creating 100s of new highly skilled, family wage American manufacturing jobs.
I respectfully urge that this Executive Order be rescinded, as we work together to get the U.S. economy moving forward again.
Jason Nye, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
LAVLE USA, Inc.