Glendale, Kentucky – United States Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited BlueOval SK Battery Park today to highlight job growth and workforce development. The site will be home to two new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facilities and create 5,000 new jobs in Kentucky.
“When it opens, this will be one of the largest EV battery manufacturing facilities in the world. Workers here aren’t just building a factory, they’re building livelihoods - and they’re building the future,” Secretary Buttigieg said.
Secretary Buttigieg toured the 1,500 acre site and participated in a roundtable discussion with BlueOval SK, Ford, state and local representatives. “BlueOval SK is excited about bringing thousands of good-paying jobs to Kentucky and we look forward to expanding our partnerships within the local community,” BlueOval SK CEO Dr. Robert Rhee said.
BlueOval SK is a joint venture with Ford and SK On to produce
advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles. The
$11.4 billion investment will create 5,000 new high-tech jobs at
BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky and approximately 2,500 new jobs at
BlueOval SK in Tennessee.
The battery plants at BlueOval SK Battery Park will be capable of
producing 86 gigawatt hours annually and are a key part of Ford’s plan
to deliver 2 million electric vehicles a year globally by late 2026.
Secretary Buttigieg’s visit highlights the transition to electric
SK On has 20 years of battery and safety technology leadership experience and Ford has a 119-history of producing some of the world’s favorite vehicles. Together they’re electrifying the future.
Construction at BlueOval SK Battery Park is on schedule and production begins in 2025.
About BlueOval SK
BlueOval SK is the joint venture between Ford Motor Company and SK On
to produce batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles. SK
On is a wholly owned subsidiary of SK Innovation and has deep expertise
in battery production. BlueOval SK will operate twin battery
manufacturing facilities in Glendale, Kentucky and one battery plant in
Stanton, Tennessee by 2025. BlueOval SK will electrify the future of
mobility with innovative technology.