While Ford and SK On have already formed an EV battery joint-venture dubbed BlueOvalSK, both companies are also pursuing other relationships as each strives to significantly ramp up production in the coming years. SK intends to invest $22 billion in the U.S. alone in the coming years, and recently signed a joint development agreement (JDA) with Urbix Inc., a U.S.-based graphite processor. Now, the Ford EV battery supplier has announced that it intends to open a regional IT hub facility in Roswell, Georgia, creating 200 high-tech jobs and investing an additional $19 million over the next few years.
The new facility will consist of an integrated IT management center serving the company’s battery manufacturing facilities across the United States, including its Georgia-based plants, as it’s currently investing $2.6 billion in two lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in Jackson County to supply electric vehicles. SK will be hiring a number of IT experts for battery manufacturing execution system development and operations, as well as data analysts, who will be based out of the new facility when it begins operating this month.
“We decided to open our IT regional center in Roswell to strengthen SK’s position as a leader in the battery industry, and it will help us build and operate an advanced manufacturing system in accordance with further expansion of battery production bases in the United States,” said Jason Choi, Head of Information Technology at SK Battery America. “We are excited to expand our presence and engage with the community and surrounding region.”
“We are looking forward to SK Battery America becoming part of our community and the opportunities it will bring to Roswell,” said City of Roswell Mayor Kurt Wilson. “Since taking office a year ago, our priority has been to recruit businesses such as SK Battery America – businesses that can provide high-quality job opportunities for Roswell’s talented, experienced workforce and enhance the vibrancy and economic strength of our city. Roswell is the perfect location for the IT Regional Center. We are proud SK Battery America chose our city for the center and look forward to working closely with them.”
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