Who We Are

Company Overview

Gopher Resource has been a national environmental solutions provider for nearly 75 years, protecting the earth and preserving natural resources. Our purpose is the safe and efficient recycling of lead batteries throughout North America using sustainable practices and advanced technology.


  • 2019: Gopher Resource launched $5 million investment in SafeStart, an extensive program in human-error prevention training, injury reduction and 24/7 safety. 
  • 2019: Gopher Resource is awarded Energy Innovation Grant from U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2018: Gopher Resource is acquired by Energy Capital Partners (ECP).
  • 2018: Gopher Resource, Tampa, achieves ISO-9001 certification.
  • 2014: Gopher Resource joins the Consortium for Battery Innovation (formerly Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium), an international organization dedicated to research and advancing the capabilities of lead batteries.
  • 2014: Gopher Resource surpasses 600 employees total.
  • 2012: Gopher Resource, Eagan, completes extensive storm water collection and reuse system.
  • 2006: Gopher Resource expands to Tampa, FL, by purchasing EnviroFocus Technologies LLC and proceeds to invest nearly $100 million in environmental improvements.
  • 1999: Gopher Resource achieves ISO-14001 compliance, becoming the first in the industry to implement this strict environmental management system.
  • 1998: Gopher Resource achieves ISO-14000 certification.
  • 1997: Gopher Resource achieves QS-9000 certification, the first company in the battery industry to do so.
  • 1993Present: The Recycling Zone in Dakota County, MN, opens. Gopher Resource is selected as, and remains, the facility operator.
  • 1993: Gopher Resource, Eagan, opens subsidiary Resource Plastics to process polypropylene (recycled from plastic battery casings).
  • 1990: Gopher Resource becomes first U.S. company to receive the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Part B permit for the safe treatment, storage and disposal of recycled materials.
  • 1979–1989: Gopher Resource invests heavily in Eagan facility with multiple new structures: battery breaking, shipping docks, administration, maintenance, lunch room, locker rooms and water treatment.
  • 1946: Gopher Resource is founded in Eagan, MN, and still operates from this same location.


Gopher Resource is devoted to advancing safe, sustainable lead battery recycling. We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for achieving high standards of environmental sustainability, safety, continuous improvement and product and service excellence.

  • U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Grant Awarded 2019
  • Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation
  • Dakota County Regional (DCR) Chamber Business Excellence Award Winner in 2009 and 2015
  • Call2Recycle Leader in Sustainability Award 2015
  • Bada Hennessy Industries Certificate of Appreciation for consistently meeting Quality and Delivery Performance expectations for 2014
  • EnerSys Distinguished Supplier Award recipient in 2012


Gopher Resource is honored to partner with leading associations and organizations to build a better tomorrow.




Gopher Resource is a company making a difference.