Construction at the Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park in Kentucky is already well underway, with a massive new, 42,000 square foot training center also being built that will serve as the training site for the 5,000 workers set to be employed there when the facility officially opens in 2025. The joint venture also has a CEO of its own – Robert Rhee – who was appointed to that position back in January. Now, the process of hiring thousands of hourly workers for the Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park is officially underway, and the company has announced the starting pay range for these positions, too.
Hourly jobs at the Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park will start out at anywhere between $21 per hour and $29 per hour, and the first positions being filled will be the production operators and maintenance technicians that will build advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln electric vehicles. BlueOval SK will begin onboarding maintenance technicians and production operators later this year, with the initial hiring focusing on the Kentucky plant, while the Tennessee-based site will follow later this year.
The company worked with third-party consultants to conduct wage and benchmarking studies to determine employee pay and benefits. Workers at the future BlueOval SK site can expect to receive two pay raises each year, plus low-cost medical premiums, 401(k) matching, Ford vehicle discount benefits, vision and dental insurance, and potential bonuses up to $2,300 annually, while technicians are eligible to receive performance-based bonuses of up to $2,500 each year. Those interested in applying can do so by heading over here.
“People are the most important part of BlueOval SK,” said BlueOval SK Human Resources Director Neva Burke. “We want our employees to build their careers with us and make a good salary so they can live comfortably with their families.” “Our wages and benefits are competitive with the market,” Rhee added. “We offer high-quality jobs in a comfortable climate-controlled working environment that is safe, bright, and clean.”
It is worth noting that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union is currently engaged in contract talks with Ford, and it also aiming to organize the automaker’s new battery and EV plants. Meanwhile, Ford is seeking some flexibility in regards to where it stations its workforce in the event that EV adoption doesn’t happen as quickly as previously expected, meaning that some workers could move from plant to plant as needed.