By Kansas City Business Journal

Exergonix Inc. has picked Leeâ¿¿s Summit for a planned $90 million headquarters and manufacturing facility, CEO Don Nissanka announced Wednesday.

The clean technology company, which makes large battery storage systems, will locate a 250,000-square-foot training center and manufacturing facility at a former Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) manufacturing plant at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Missouri Highway 291 South.

⿿From an attractiveness standpoint, Lee⿿s Summit gave us the best offer,⿝ Nissanka said.

In addition to $10 million in tax abatements, the city provided $1.5 million in cash to help purchase the former Pfizer property. Leeâ¿¿s Summit was among more than a half-dozen cities in Kansas and Missouri that submitted proposals competing for the project.

Exergonixâ¿¿s storage systems help bridge the gap between energy production and consumption by storing excess energy from utilities and wind and solar power generators, then distributing it when needed. The company expects to bring 275 jobs with an average salary of $51,000 to Leeâ¿¿s Summit during its first five years.

Nissanka made the announcement at the Lee⿿s Summit Economic Development Council (LSEDC) Quarterly Investor Luncheon. Lee⿿s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads called Nissanka⿿s announcement ⿿fantastic news.⿝

⿿We are proud to partner with Don Nissanka and his executive team as they create a new way to supply energy that will ultimately bring green jobs and green solutions to our community locally, as well as nationally and internationally,⿝ Rhoads said in a statement.

The city expects Exergonixâ¿¿s expansion to create a $750 million ripple effect in the local economy during the next 10 years.

⿿He⿿s creating a whole new industry and, on top of that, he is creating a support system of energies around it,⿝ LSEDC CEO Jim Devine said.

Nissanka said he hopes to break ground on the assembly plant during the spring and have it open by 2012. The company currently has about 20 employees, but Nissanka said he expects to add jobs at a rate of about 100 a year through 2013.