A little over two years ago, Ford announced that it would be investing billions in three new EV and EV battery production facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky – one at BlueOval City, and two at the future Ford BlueOval SK campus, with production slated to begin in 2025. The automaker began hiring for these new under-construction plants just a few weeks ago, though last week, FoMoCo announced that it’s pushing back $12 billion in EV investments and may even ditch plans to invest that money altogether, all while delaying production at the second Ford BlueOval SK plant, though construction at that facility will continue. As a result, the number of new jobs set to be created at the Ford BlueOval SK campus has effectively been cut in half.
#Facts: The #BlueOvalSK battery plant at @blueovalcity will produce advanced batteries for future @Ford and Lincoln EVs. The $5.6 billion investment between Ford and SK On will create 2,500 new jobs in Stanton, TN! Apply now at https://t.co/B0Y8KBaIDL. #BlueOvalSK_TN pic.twitter.com/vhuIiFcubE
— BlueOval SK (@BlueOval_SK) November 2, 2023
“The BlueOval SK battery plant at BlueOval City will produce advanced batteries for future Ford and Lincoln EVs. The $5.6 billion investment between Ford and SK On will create 2,500 new jobs in Stanton, TN!” the company wrote in a post on X recently. When Ford BlueOval SK Battery Park was originally announced, the company planned to hire 5,000 workers, but since that second plant won’t be operational by 2025 as expected, it understandably resulted in this reduction of new jobs.
In the meantime, it’s unclear what the future holds for the second BlueOval SK battery plant. It stands to reason that BlueOval SK will in fact expand its operations to include that building if/when EV demand calls for it, which aligns with the automaker’s recent change of plans, however.