Ford has thus far signed a number of deals with a wide variety of EV battery and raw materials suppliers from around the globe, though it is still placing a priority on its joint-venture with South Korean battery maker SK On, dubbed BlueOval SK. The first big project stemming from this relationship is the Ford BlueOval SK Battery Plant in Glendale, Kentucky, where the company broke ground back in early December, after which construction began a few short weeks later with the installation of a signed beam. Now, the Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park has officially reached another milestone, according to WDRB.
That milestone is the installation of the final structural steel beam on plant number one at the new facility just outside of Elizabethtown in Hardin County, which was once again signed by several people who were in attendance at a special ceremony hosted by FoMoCo representatives. Once the site is complete, there will be two plants in total, employing a cumulative total of 5,000 workers.
Ford is investing $5.8 billion in the 1,500-acre campus, which is expected to begin producing batteries for Blue Oval all-electric vehicles in 2025. It’s also just part of SK On’s $22 billion dollar investment in its U.S. operations, with those funds going toward semiconductor chips, EV batteries, and biotechnology, bringing its total investment – including the $7 billion it’s spending on the under-construction BlueOval SK Battery Park – to nearly $30 billion.
As Ford Authority reported yesterday, FoMoCo just broke ground on the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) BlueOval SK Training Center as well, a 42,000 square-foot facility that will serve as the training site for the 5,000 workers set to be employed there when the facility officially opens in a couple of years.
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